BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, November 18, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — People in the Eastern European nation of Slovakia yesterday celebrated a holiday commemorating their country’s struggles for freedom by protesting the coronavirus lockdowns.
Protestors took to the streets in several cities, including the capital of Bratislava, as well as Trnava, Košice, and Želina, for Slovakia’s annual “Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day.” Despite the coronavirus-linked state of emergency and ban on crowds, the demonstrators numbered in the thousands.
According to the online version of Slovakia’s Pravda newspaper, most demonstrators gathered near government buildings to express their anti-lockdown message. In Prime Minister Igor Matovič’s hometown of Trnava, police blocked off access to his street, allowing only residents to enter. Security services had been tipped off by social media that there would be protests in the area.
In Bratislava, crowds gathered at the main railway station, at Main Square, Freedom Square and Hodžovo Square. Pravda described the crowd at the railway station as composed of balaclava-wearing “football fans” or “ultras” who had been drinking. This crowd shouted slogans about the prime minister and carried banners reading, “Stop dictatorial government,” and, “Follow the laws, follow the Constitution.” They then took their protest outside civil offices in Freedom Square and Hodžovo Square.
In Freedom Square police placed metal barriers between the protestors and government buildings. The football fans threw firecrackers over the barriers and attempted to knock them down as police monitored the scene from horseback.
Afterwards this crowd joined hundreds of other protestors outside Grassalkovich Palace, the residence of the president, in Hodžovo Square. According to Pravda, the protestors sang the national anthem and shouted such sentiments as “Matovič is a virus” and “Freedom, freedom.”
Signs in the crowd compared the prime minister to Hitler and his government to fascism. Pravda also reported that some protestors wore yellow stars of David inscribed with the word “untested” on their coats.
The crowd was addressed by politicians including a former Prime Minister, Ján Čarnogursky.
In Košice, a protest of about a thousand people took place. Their demonstration began, Pravda reported, “with a call to fold their face masks.” One elderly protestor told the newspaper that the heavy-handedness of the government was worse than it was in the communist era.
Young Poles defending their church against pro-abortion aggression stemming from the decision of the country's Constitutional Court to protect the lives of sick unborn babies. Photo Credit: Polonia Christiana
Since the Constitutional Court of Poland's decision on October 22nd to protect and vindicate the right to life of sick preborn children, leftist pro-abort feminists have been attacking churches, government officials and pro-lifers across Poland in a foul display of bloody-minded vulgarity.
But, we STAND with Poland. And, we PRAY for Poland.
Please WATCH this video which congratulates faithful Catholics in Poland for their pro-life example and for standing up to rioters trying to vandalize statues, churches.
We now call on all pro-lifers, faithful Christians (especially in the Polish diaspora) and pro-life organizations to SIGN this petition to encourage pro-lifers in Poland, the Polish Constitutional Court, and especially the Polish Government to remain steadfastly pro-life right now.
And we call on all faithful Polish Catholics to defend their churches and patriotic monuments!
This is the time to keep faith with generations of Polish heroes and "Be not afraid!"
This is not the time for the Government to give-in to demands from the opposition.
Stand up against the people who are attacking your churches while baying for the blood of innocent preborn children!
And, explain to your people how the Court was RIGHT to have challenged the abortion law allowing the barbaric practice of eugenic abortion.
Poland is a republican democracy, and in such a democracy, the Constitutional Court has the last say on matters of national importance.
The Polish Court has spoken, and its ruling should be respected and implemented. And, under no circumstances should the Polish Government promise to reverse this decision in law or by granting a referendum on the same.
Poland, be courageous and stand fast for Life. Don't give in to the Culture of Death!
Thank you for your example, Poland. Now, remain strong!
And, thank you for SIGNING and SHARING this petition of support and solidarity with the Constitutional Court of Poland's decision to disallow eugenic abortion.
Thank you also for standing with and praying for Polish pro-lifers and government officials to remain steadfastly pro-life during time of leftist, pro-abortion aggression.
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“Even before 1989, there was no such totalitarianism as now,” she said. “I’m 76, and I’ve been through a lot. I came to protest because I don’t like this situation.”
The annual November 17 “Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day” marks both a student protest against the Nazi occupation in 1939 and protests in both Bratislava and the Czech city of Prague in 1989, the beginning of the Velvet Revolution against the communist government.
According to Politico, 95% of the population of Slovakia over the age of 9 has been tested for coronavirus. Over the October 31 – November 1 weekend, 3,625,322 Slovaks were tested, and 38, 359 of them—1.06% —tested positive.