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A leader of People's Party Our Slovakia (LS NS), Marian Kotleba, attends a commemoration of the 87th anniversary of the death of Slovak general Milan Rastislav Stefanik near the village of Brezova pod Bradlom, Slovakia, in this May 6, 2006 file photo

Neo-Nationalist Parties Form Strong Wing in Slovak Parliament

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Amid feelings of hostility prompted by the recent migrant crisis, two neo-nationalist parties in Slovakia were able to take a combined total of 29 out of the 150 seats in the country's legislature, allowing them to constitute a formidable force within the Slovak Parliament.

“People’s Party – Our Slovakia” (shortened in Slovak as L’SNS), an allegedly neo-Nazi party which was established in 2011 and claims on its website to be the "only real alternative and opposition to the corrupted and criminal 'democratic' system," won seats in Slovak parliament for the first time, reports The Jerusalem Post.

L’SNS garnered 14 out of 150 seats in the National Council, the Slovak Parliament, three times more than expected.

Another far-right, nationalist party, Slovak National Party (SNS), led by the lawyer Andrej Danko, won 15 seats in the legislature; like the L'SNS, it is committed to national, Christian and social ideals, according to its website. Together, they control 29 seats, or nearly 20 percent of the legislature.

In comparison, the socialist "Direction-Social Democracy" Party of Prime Minister Robert Fico, which ran on an anti-migrant platform, took 28.3 percent of the vote, or 49 seats; previously it had held 83 seats in the legislature. The party will have to form a coalition in order to stay in power.

The L’SNS is led by Marian Kotleba, the former chairman of the banned neo-Nazi party “Slovak Togetherness – National Party.” Marian Kotleba is an outspoken opponent the United States, NATO, the European Union and immigration.

According to The New Observer, the ĽSNS is the great rising surprise of Slovak politics: a hardline nationalist party that was banned by the system under accusations of “neo-Nazism,” and which was refounded in 2011. It has ties with both Greece's Golden Dawn party and the Hungarian party Jobbik.

The L'SNS website states that the party "continues in the legacy of our national heroes – Ludovit Stur, Dr. Andrej Hlinka and Dr. Jozef Tiso." While Stur was the leader of the Slovak national revival in the 19th century and Hlinka was notable for his early support of Slovak independence, Tiso was an anti-Semitic Nazi collaborator who ruled Slovakia from 1939 until 1945. During that time, Slovakia offered to pay Berlin 500 Reichsmarks for each Jew it deported to Germany, on condition that they didn't return. They didn't: 83% of Slovakia's Jews died in the holocaust. According to the BBC, Kotleba once described Tiso's regime as "like living in heaven."  

   
The polls indicate that ĽSNS took 23 percent of all first-time voters, indicating that the younger generation in Slovakia is increasingly turning toward nationalism.

The rise of these nationalist forces, who have until now been perceived as marginal groups, to actual politics, is an outstanding occurrence; its consequences are almost impossible to predict.

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  • gilergil
    Nationalism is the only way to survive in this degenerated western world which is worse than Weimar republic. The culprits of this degradation and treason of the west won't survive the next storm and it is only their fault for following orders from the parasitical forces.
  • Jet fuel can't melt steel beamsin reply togilergil(Show commentHide comment)
    gilergil, You have nationalism that respects other cultures and blind nationalism most of time being used by the us for their interests (cf albania etc) but I agree with you.
  • art
    //.. 83% of Slovakia's Jews died in the holocaust.//

    I knew it! The humanoid cunning Nazis had paid off the International Red Cross, the only regularly auditing outside inspectors of camps, not to record this. I knew it!
  • seanrkearney
    This will only keep on happening as long as globalist pro MNO neo cons undermine democracy and make it less desirable to people.
  • AnomicDust
    Someone was listening to Laibach ;-)
  • michael
    I wonder if they will increase their percentage of the vote in the coming years or if this is a 'flash in the pan' response to the current situation in europe?
  • 11548
    First of all - they are NOT nazi party and have never been. It is only media whe labels them this way - and let me remind you, that majority of Slovak media is owned from abroad. They have two pronciples - Fof God and for Motherhood. They are patriotic, nothing less, nothing more. An yes - oppose NATO, USA as we (Slovakia) truly ARE occupied country.
  • biokill
    Mainstream media propaganda has been crazy about LSNS since yesterday. This is normal, legal party, which got more than 200 000 (8%) votes from Slovak people. Yes, they are nationalists, so? Is that a crime? Their program is the best program for Slovakia, and people who don't give a sh.t about EU or NATO, voted for what's best for Slovakia. Couple of days ago, Kotleba sent an open letter to Janukovich, acknowledging him as a president of Ukraine by law. On the other hand, our super-duper scientologist and american rectal alpinist master p-resident Kiska, and others from our government, make friends with ukrainian nazis, and they say Kotleba is a nazi. So this is how the democracy works. You can freely say your opinion, as long as it's the RIGHT ONE.
  • Athanasios
    Europe is waking up. Finally.
  • Athanasiosin reply tobiokill(Show commentHide comment)
    biokill, well said.
  • Athanasiosin reply to11548(Show commentHide comment)
    11548, Well said. Protect your country and your way of life, and pay no attention to the media propaganda.
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