Newsgroups: alt.skinheads,alt.politics.white-power,alt.politics.nationalism.white,soc.culture.czecho-slovak Subject: ADL: Skinhead International; Slovakia Summary: The ADL's "Skinhead International: A Worldwide Survey of Neo-Nazi Skinheads" Followup-To: alt.skinheads Archive/File: pub/orgs/american/adl/skinhead-international/skins-slovakia Last-Modified: 1995/09/06 Slovakia Numbering a few hundred, the Slovak Skinheads have attacked Gypsies (Roma), ethnic Hungarians, Jews, guest workers and those whose political views they abhor. Physical attacks attributed to Skinheads have taken place in Bratislava, Trnvava, Kosice, Presov, and Skalica. In the wake of the collapse of communisim and the breakup of Czechoslovakia, segments of the Slovak population have sought scapegoats for their current difficult times. There has been some public support for Skinhead attacks against foreigners and Gypsies, groups commonly blamed for many of the country's problems. The police themselves have been accused of failing to respond adequately to Skinhead attacks against members of the substantial Roma community. Skinheads have vandalized Jewish cemetaries and synagogues, and they have held occasional public rallies replete with the chanting of anti-Semitic slogans. Further, Skins have attacked participants at rallies and concerts against fascism. As elsewhere, Slovakia's Skinheads are divided into two groups: (1) hard-core racists who follow the Skinhead lifestyle, and (2) sympathizers (particularly football hooligans) who follow Skinhead fashions, share some of the Skins' views and have a similar taste for violence. There is at least one Slovak Skinhead band: Kratky Proces (Short Process), whose first LP was highly praised by the British skinzine _Last Chance_. (Anti-Defamation League, 63-64) Work Cited Anti-Defamation League. The Skinhead International: A Worldwide Survey of Neo-Nazi Skinheads. New York: Anti-Defamation League, 1995. Anti-Defamation League, 823 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017.
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