Slovakia’s neo-Nazi party growing in popularity


Marian Kotleba addresses demonstrators in Hodzovo square in Bratislava, Slovakia, 17 November 2007.

Slovakia’s neo-Nazi party growing in popularity

In one of the biggest surprises of the March 5 election, more than 200,000 Slovakians – including 23% of first-time voters – cast ballots for the neo-Nazi People’s Party Our Slovakia (L’SNS).

And while the term “neo-Nazi” is often bandied about, at times foolishly, to describe anyone with views slightly to the right of Marine Le Pen, the BBC reported that Marian Kotleba is different. He was, once, literally a neo-Nazi.

Until recently, he dressed in a uniform modelled on the Hlinka Guard, t...

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