MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The protest, organized by the Alternativna cesta group on Saturday under the slogan "Stop Islamization of Europe!" turned violent as demonstrators clashed with police, with some participants reportedly throwing stones and smoke bombs, and law enforcement officers who responded with tear gas.
The protest came amid EU debates in Brussels over compulsory quotas for the resettlement of predominantly Muslim migrants that came ashore earlier this year in Italy and Greece. Slovakia and several other EU nations oppose the plan to take in some 40,000 asylum seekers.
The Facebook page for the even said that 14,000 people took part in the protest.
The demonstrators chanted "Slovakia for Slovaks" and threw objects like beer bottles at the participants of a counter-protest, who were holding placards showing a crossed-out swastika. At least once police officer was hurt in the action.