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Neo-Nazi Victory Spurs Call to Action

European Jewish Congress calls for ban on radical right parties following the win of known neo-Nazi Marian Kotleba in Slovakia

By: Graham Sigurdson
Published: November 25th, 2013 in News » World
Slovakian neo-Nazi Marian Kotleba

Following the victory of a neo-Nazi candidate in Slovakia elections, the President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) has called for European officials to reverse the momentum of neo-Nazi political parties across the region.

The win in Slovakia comes on the heels of Greece's far-right, neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn, gaining sympathy in the public eye, after members of a previously unknown organization murdered two of its members.

The group said they were avenging the death of anti-racist rapper/activist Killah P, who was murdered, reportedly, by members of the Golden Dawn group.

Slovakian Marian Kotleba, the ex-chairman of the banned far-right group Togetherness National Party, was elected as a public official Sunday. His victory came after a second round of voting, defeating the incumbent Social Democrat and becoming president of the self-governing region around the city of Banska Bystica.

In the wake of Kotleba's win, Moshe Kantor, the EJC President, issued a statement denouncing ultra-right win parties in European congress.

“The neo-Nazis are gaining many political victories and are using the democratic system against democrats,” Kantor said. “Democracy has to fight back and European officials should immediately create a plan of action, including the proscription of neo-Nazi political parties, to deal with this phenomenon before it is too late. We hope the Greek model of suspending state funding for the Golden Dawn party and the revocation of parliamentary immunity for its members will be enacted elsewhere in Europe and form the basis of the opposition.”

The Slovak Spectator newspaper said Kotleba “frequently organized and participated in anti-Roma demonstrations or marches commemorating the Nazi-allied wartime Slovak state and its president Jozef Tiso. He has been detained and charged repeatedly for crimes, including racial defamation.”

The German DPA news claimed Kotleba was known for his “agitation against the Roma minority as well as for appearing in uniforms modeled upon fascist styles.”

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