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Slovakia: 'Love is a terrible thing to hate’ - Rally held in Bratislava following killing of two men outside LGBT bar02:49

Slovakia: 'Love is a terrible thing to hate’ - Rally held in Bratislava following killing of two men outside LGBT bar

Slovakia, Bratislava
October 28, 2022 at 06:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

A rally was held in Bratislava on Thursday, following the killing of two men outside an LGBT bar in the Slovakian capital on October 12.

"Love is a very terrible thing to hate and i have Slovak family, this is my wife here with me we want the same rights for her in Slovakia just as we have in South Africa where we got married," said one demonstrator.

The two men were shot dead and a woman was injured in the suspected hate crime at the Teplaren bar close to the city centre. Police found the body of the 19-year-old gunman, who was believed to have shot himself, the following day.

"This event tries to commemorate the awful terrorist attack that happened in front of the gay bar two weeks ago we are trying to underline that hate speech is still very blooming in our parliament and by our political leaders and it should change," said organiser, Marek Hudec.

"We are asking our political leaders to legalise same-sex partnerships, also to end their awful legally accepted behaviour towards transgender people and that they eliminate hate speech from the parliament," he continued.

Both Slovak President Zuzana Caputova and Prime Minister Eduard Heger attended a vigil in the days after the attack. Last week, the parliament voted to reject same-sex relationship registrations, which would grant couples inheritance rights and access to medical records.

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A rally was held in Bratislava on Thursday, following the killing of two men outside an LGBT bar in the Slovakian capital on October 12.

"Love is a very terrible thing to hate and i have Slovak family, this is my wife here with me we want the same rights for her in Slovakia just as we have in South Africa where we got married," said one demonstrator.

The two men were shot dead and a woman was injured in the suspected hate crime at the Teplaren bar close to the city centre. Police found the body of the 19-year-old gunman, who was believed to have shot himself, the following day.

"This event tries to commemorate the awful terrorist attack that happened in front of the gay bar two weeks ago we are trying to underline that hate speech is still very blooming in our parliament and by our political leaders and it should change," said organiser, Marek Hudec.

"We are asking our political leaders to legalise same-sex partnerships, also to end their awful legally accepted behaviour towards transgender people and that they eliminate hate speech from the parliament," he continued.

Both Slovak President Zuzana Caputova and Prime Minister Eduard Heger attended a vigil in the days after the attack. Last week, the parliament voted to reject same-sex relationship registrations, which would grant couples inheritance rights and access to medical records.