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Slovak MP says Estonian actions smack of "fascism"

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Estonia's removal of a WWII monument was a sign of "fascism, racism and Nazism," the Slovak news agency TASR quoted Slovakia's deputy parliament speaker as saying Thursday.
WARSAW, May 3 (RIA Novosti) - Estonia's removal of a WWII monument was a sign of "fascism, racism and Nazism," the Slovak news agency TASR quoted Slovakia's deputy parliament speaker as saying Thursday.

Anna Belousovova, who is also deputy chairperson of the Slovak National Party (SNS), one of the ruling coalition government parties, said the Estonian government's connivance was an insult to the memory of those who fought against fascism.

Belousovova said the removal of the statue was evidence that "Estonia does not share European values," an issue that should be raised at the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

In the run up to VE Day celebrations Belousovova praised the role of the Soviet Army, which liberated Europe from fascism, and urged young Slovakians and Russians to help maintain WWII memorials in Slovakia, where over 60,000 Soviet soldiers are buried. She said she was hopeful the initiative would involve other European countries as well.

Last week, Estonian authorities moved a Soviet-era World War II monument in central Tallinn to a military cemetery on the outskirts of the city. The removal sparked a wave of protests, both in Moscow and Tallinn. The Estonian Embassy in Moscow has been under siege by pro-Kremlin youth activists from the Nashi (Ours) movement since last week.

Earlier Thursday the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concern to the ambassadors of Germany, Portugal and the European Commission over "the lack of response from the European Union to Estonia's actions."

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