Extremist Kotleba Plans To Demolish Roma Homes
Founder of the extreme-right movement Slovenská Pospolitosť and head of the “People’s Party – Our Slovakia”, Marian Kotleba, looks set to carry out the plan to demolish houses of Roma built illegally on a plot of land donated to Kotleba, as reported by TheDaily on 28 May.
After being donated around 800 m2 of land under a Roma settlement in Krasnohorske Podhradie, extremist Kotleba said he would demolish the shanty homes. The nearby Krasna Horka castle was recently partially burned down by a fire, with blaming fingers being pointed at Roma children from the settlement of around 800 people.
Kotleba has announced he will execute his plan tomorrow, 29 September, saying he was coming to clean up the waste on his land. As the land is registered as arable, with no buildings on it, Kotleba has said he is merely bringing his estate into line with the official status and so has asked for the assistance of the police force to oversee the eviction.
The Roma families who inhabit the shanty houses tried previously to negotiate the purchase of the land from the previous owner and from Kotleba, but they both refused. The families are now fearing the worst, as they will most likely find themselves homeless as of tomorrow. They have said they will not leave without a fight, while the police are there to ensure that nobody breaks the law.