They threw stones and bottles at the building before law enforcement used tear gas and water cannons to disperse them. The neo-Nazis and hooligans involved in the protests organized to gather in front of the government with the help of social networks, where the page dedicated to the event on Facebook was distributed among fan groups and networks of football and hockey clubs in Slovakia, according to correspondent BBC.
On Saturday, Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic announced that the state will test all people over the age of 10 to see if they are or have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The measure comes in the context in which Slovakia, like most other European countries, has seen a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases and deaths caused by COVID-19. Specifically, on Saturday, Slovakia reported nearly 2,000 new cases, bringing the total to just over 28,000 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 11 new deaths, bringing the total to 82 people dying from the virus infection.
“The tests will not cost the citizens anything,” Prime Minister Mataovic said, without clarifying whether the testing will be done voluntarily or whether all citizens will be required to do so. “If we can do that, we can set an example for the whole world,” he said, adding that the first pilot programs of the plan will begin next week and mass testing will begin in late October.
Slovakia declared a state of emergency in early October, applied throughout the country due to the epidemiological crisis, and introduced new restrictions, such as the temporary ban on public services in places of worship and other events with a large number of participants, the closure of sports and swimming pools and a general transition to online education in the education system.
A protest similar to the one in Bratislava is expected on Sunday afternoon in Prague.