Slovak party's donation to families in need reflects hidden Nazi symbolism in the amount - EUR 1488
The neo-Nazi party in Slovakia chaired by Marián Kotleba, the "People's Party - Our Slovakia" (Ľudová strana Naše Slovensko - ĽSNS) has taken advantage of the 14 March anniversary of the rise of the Fascist Slovak State, which collaborated with Hitler's Germany, to donate money to three families, and the amount donated is reflective of Nazi symbolism. Slovak MP Milan Uhrík (ĽSNS) was asked by the Slovak news server TVnoviny.sk whether the amount of EUR 1488 was intentional or random.
The answer he gave confirmed the ĽSNS party's intention to provocatively exploit Nazi symbolism: "This is not a matter of symbolism or numerological occultism. We can't be expected to rank even numbers according to whether somebody believes they might be racist. On the other hand, if we were to have made this a round number, then our long-term, systematic aid to the poor would never be noticed by the media."
The number 14 symbolizes the number of words in the English sentence "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children", which is a motto of American neo-Nazis. It was introduced by the head of the Klu Klux Klan, David Lane.
The number 88 refers to the eighth letter in the alphabet (H) and is used by neo-Nazis to represent the Nazi greeting "Heil Hitler". The number 1488 is used to represent the slogan White Pride World Wide.
The ĽSNS conceived of the 14 March anniversary as a celebration of Slovak statehood. It began with a visit to the symbolic tomb of Jozef Tiso at the cemetery in Bratislava, where the controversial priest Miroslav Čajka led those assembled in prayer, followed by evening celebrations in Banská Bystrica that culminated in the signing of the anthem of the Fascist Slovak State, "Hey, Slovaks" (Hej Slováci).
Kotleba is the Governor of the Banská Bystrica Region. His party entered the Slovak Parliament for the first time more than a year ago, winning 14 seats.
- Slovak neo-Nazi and MP Milan Mazurek prosecuted for racist remarks about Roma
- Karin Marques: A visit to the Romani children in the Slovak schools
- Are dogs being abused in Romani settlements in Slovakia? Romea.cz asks the authorities and experts
- Amnesty International and European Roma Rights Centre: Situation for Romani children in Slovakia is not improving
- Slovakia: Drunken, knife-wielding man threatens to kill Romani children for being in a park and is now in custody
- Romani-inhabited housing estate Luník IX in Slovakia sees start of local vaccinations against COVID-19
- Romani women and children in Slovakia assaulted physically and verbally by stranger at a lake
- Slovak Government apologizes to Romani community for brutal police raid in 2013
- Slovak Govt Plenipotentiary for the Roma Community says biased media coverage of animal abuse could spark anti-Romani hatred
- Slovak Ombudswoman and NGOs appeal to Government to compensate illegally sterilized people
- Slovak MP who is also a Romani community member accused of sexually abusing a teenaged girl, claims he is innocent
- After European Court of Human Rights ruling, Slovak court acquits yet another Romani victim wrongfully indicted for reporting a brutal police attack
- Slovakia: Racist politicians launch hateful anti-Romani campaign over state's pandemic benefit for impoverished children
- Czech lower house supports first reading of bill to criminalize deletion of vulgar posts from social media
- Czech court sentences brutal, racially-motivated assailant who attacked Romani man in front of children to 7.5 years in prison
- Germany: Trial begins of 12 suspected members of ultra-right terrorist group