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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


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,

                      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

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