We received the following e-mail from the office of Vladimir Palko, one of Slovakia’s leading politicians. Mr Palko, who is a member of the Slovak Christian-Democrat Party KDH, was Interior minister from 2002 to 2006 and is currently a leader of the Slovak opposition. Mr Palko says the behaviour of the Brussels mayor and police reminds him of the behaviour of the dictators in his home country prior to the fall of communism in 1989. (pb)
Dear Mr. Belien,
Vladimir Palko, MP (Slovakia) wrote a letter to Alain Cools, ambassador of Belgium in Slovakia and publicly protested against un-legitimate use of force against peaceful demonstrators in Brussels, during the demonstration against islamization.
In his open letter, Palko wrote:
Police-force without any reason attacked legally elected politicians in free elections. Until today, I thought that something like this is possible only in Lukashenko’s Belarus, in today’s Europe. Moreover, I do not understand why it is forbidden in Brussels to demonstrate against islamization of Europe. Islamization of Europe is a serious problem. We can have various opinions and disagree about solutions needed, but it is highly important to freely discuss about them.
Palko compares the whole procedure of Brussels municipal and mayor authority and Belgian police-force to the practice of Communist power in Slovakia, prior 1989. Communist constitution officially recognizes the right to assemble, but in practice no such right existed.
I remember it from my own experience, when I participated on so called ‘candle demonstration’ for human rights and religious freedom on March 25th, 1988 in Bratislava. Communist police-force had also ride down a peaceful demonstration by force that time, however, Communist regime fell down next year.
In his press release for media Palko said:
Gossips that demonstration in Brussels should have been abused by neo-Nazi extremists were not proved. And those who participated have not expressed any signs of extremism, have not committed any vandalism or violent behavior.
Palko believes that such a policy of Brussels municipal and mayor authority and Belgian police-force we could see on September 11th, is a threat to liberty and protest against it.
I hope that in future we will not hear about such events anymore and that European Union where we live together will be area of liberty, not a soft-tyranny.
For your information, Palko (1957) is a mathematician, former university teacher, former vice-president of secret service in Czechoslovakia (after 1991-2), former interior minister (2002-2006) and now opposition MP for the KDH-party.