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Slovakia: Protest planned in Bratislava April 27 /update 1

Protest planned at Námestie SNP in Bratislava on April 27 to express dissatisfaction with the ruling government and demand early elections; localized transportation disruptions expected

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TIMEFRAME expected from 26/4/2018, 12h00 until 27/4/2018, 11h59 (Europe/Bratislava). COUNTRY/REGION Námestie SNP (Bratislava)
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Event

Thousands of anti-government protesters are expected to stage a demonstration from 17:00 (local time) to 19:00 at Námestie SNP in Bratislava on Friday, April 27. Localized traffic disruptions - including public transportation disruptions and detours on nearby roads - are expected in the vicinity of Staré Mesto (Old Town). A heightened security presence is also expected near the demonstration; additional related demonstrations are possible in Bratislava in the coming days.

Context

The demonstration has been called to express dissatisfaction with the ruling government, protest perceived corruption, and demand early elections. It comes amid a series of anti-government protests, organized by the "For a Decent Slovakia" group, that began in early March. Those demonstrations began as an outcry against the murder of a local investigative journalist and his fiancée, but grew into a wider denunciation of government corruption and general ineffectiveness. The protests led to the resignation of Prime Minister Robert Fico.

Advice

Individuals in Bratislava are advised to avoid all large demonstrations as a precaution and allow for additional time to travel in the vicinity of such gatherings. Adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.