The so-called Gorilla protests subsided a bit into the background after the general elections, but the protesters are not giving up and another demonstration is prepared for tomorrow in Bratislava called “Protest against Penta in Government”.
The protesters are demanding that the alleged links between financial group Penta and political figures, which mixed up the cards in the pre-election race, be investigated properly and they are also demanding that newly elected PM Robert Fico recall the health minister Zuzana Zvolenska and economy minister Tomas Malatinsky, as they both previously worked in companies under the wing of Penta financial group.
It recently came to light that Malatinsky has also been renting out his house to Penta partner Jaroslav Hascak, so questions are being asked about his true relationship to the financial giant.
The protest is being organised by the initiative Vizia 21 for tomorrow 24 April on SNP Square in Bratislava between 5pm and 7pm, and is backed also by the Protest Gorilla civil initiative. The disgruntled demonstrators want to express their dissatisfaction at the dubious nominations, which they say are strategic and laughing in the face of citizens.
The protesters underline how “with a smile on his face” Robert Fico nominated people who used to work for Penta to specific sectors where the financial group has business interests.
They therefore want both the ministers either to stand down or be recalled, and are calling on other political parties, civil associations and initiatives, and discontent citizens to support the protest.