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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico shot



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,618 ✭✭✭Beta Ray Bill

    For those that cannot access the link:

    Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has been injured in a shooting after a government meeting, news agency TASR has reported.

    TASR cited parliament's vice-chairman Lubos Blaha as saying Mr Fico was shot and injured.

    A Reuters witness said he heard several shots and that he saw a man being detained by police.

    The Reuters witness said he saw security officials pushing someone into a car and driving off.

    The government office could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová condemned the "brutal" attack on Mr Fico and wished him well in his recovery.

    Slovak broadcaster TA3 reported that four shots were fired with one hitting Mr Fico in the abdomen.

    Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said the shooting of Mr Fico was "shocking", adding that he hopes the Slovak Prime Minister has a quick recovery.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,806 ✭✭✭aidanodr

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,016 ✭✭✭✭cnocbui

    I wouldn't share that hope, anymore than I would shed a tear if something took Orban off the world stage, like COVID.

  • Registered Users Posts: 713 ✭✭✭gral6

    Russians did it to set up Ukraine. Their propaganda already blamed Ukranians .

  • Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭Sonic the Shaghog

    But no doubt if it was someone you approved of itd be all best wishes?

    I don't have much time for lots of politicians and would love nothing more than seeing them removed, not shot and hoping for them to die.

    Not only that but whether you like it or not this fella was elected in as was Orban. Just because the population doesn't vote the way you want doesn't make it a dictatorship.

    Seriously grow up, these are real people with families. It's a perverse attitude.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,111 ✭✭✭Be right back

    What a lousy attitude. Disagree with his politics, not wish him ill.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,806 ✭✭✭aidanodr

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,026 ✭✭✭Brussels Sprout

    Yeah I wouldn't be a fan of his politics but this is never the solution.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,815 ✭✭✭✭ELM327

    Interesting paralel with a certain Serb 110 years ago?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,189 ✭✭✭crusd

    These are nearly always lonewolf nutjobs. Wont stop some saying its definitely Russia/ Ukraine / NATO / Illuminati

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,207 ✭✭✭keeponhurling

    Barely reached the hospital and the Russians have already solved this mystery. Fair play to them.

    I look forward to further updates from Kremlin TV.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,718 ✭✭✭seenitall

    On that note……. It’s being reported that the shooter is 71.

    Now who do we know who is 71 and a good marksman……..?

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,644 ✭✭✭SouthWesterly

    Not a particularly well liked figure in Slovakia.

    Pro Russia anti the west that poured billions into the country and built all their new motorways and tunnels which are a pleasure to drive on

  • Registered Users Posts: 82,273 ✭✭✭✭Overheal

    nice try Vlad

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,977 ✭✭✭rogber

    At the risk of contradicting myself I'd be quite happy if someone took that witch off the scene in the same way Dugin's daughter was dealt with.

    She's Goebbels without the demonic talent

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,669 ✭✭✭✭Danzy

    One report has it as a lifelong Marxist shot him, so it may be Russian directed.

    We'll know the truth soon enough.

  • Registered Users Posts: 953 ✭✭✭ToweringPerformance

    Or most likely we'll only know what we are allowed to know.

    Give peace a chance

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,026 ✭✭✭Brussels Sprout

    Serious amounts of disinformation swirling on social media right now about it so probably best to hold off on the speculation until more information becomes available through more credible sources.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,016 ✭✭✭✭cnocbui

    We can agree to disagree. This POS sides with Putin and his regime - murderers, rapists, sexual abusers of children, castrators, kidnappers of thousands of children, torturers, - even of women and children - 122,000 suspected war crimes…

    Anyone siding with, aiding or supporting Putin is someone I would prefer ceased to exist. Trump, Wilders, Fico, Orban, Erdogan, Jinping, Un, Assad, that lad driving down the M40 in the 4wd with the Russian flags out; I wish all of them nothing but extinction.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,447 ✭✭✭denismc

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,016 ✭✭✭✭cnocbui

    The attacker of Fico was the well-known Slovak writer Juraj Chintula, local mass media reported

    He is also an activist of the liberal party "Progressive Slovakia" and has a registered weapon.

    Taken from an official Ukrainian military channel on Telegram. Obviously could be entirely wrong. This also taken from the same place, reporting the shooting:

    Looks like not very many people who subscribe to that channel are shedding tears.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,027 ✭✭✭TheIrishGrover

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,525 ✭✭✭CalamariFritti

    Of course it was.

    If something advantageous to Russia happens it was Russia.

    If something disadvantageous to Russia happens it was also Russia. Because 'false flag'. Or because it aids their propaganda.

    And if none of that makes sense its Russia's fault anyway because none of this would happen if Russia just stopped existing.

    Seriously wtaf

    as for @cnocbui 's comment. Also wtaf

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,025 ✭✭✭✭ejmaztec

    I think the last successful violent disposal of a Slovak leader was when the pro-Nazi priest Josef Tiso was strung up in 1947. Fico probably shares similar politics if he's a fan of Vlad.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,806 ✭✭✭aidanodr

    On Sky - 3 gunshot wounds - One in Abdomen, other two in hands

    71 year old man from south Slovakia ( Sky ) .. no one yet knows his motivation. His family are perplexed

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,525 ✭✭✭CalamariFritti

    Not a particularly well liked figure in Slovakia.

    Some must like him and his programs well enough. Because he did win the last election with one of the main messages being 'no Ukraine military aid' and is now heading a socdem coalition serving his 3rd stint (not consecutive) as prime minister.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20 Pavol_SVK

    Little background for Fico from a Slovakian living in Ireland.

    He definitelly is a smart man, lawyer by education (still has the business running), reasonably good in political moves, hence in politics for decades*.

    Ex member of communist party while young, he actually *studied international politics in famous Moscow educational place for diplomats at end of cold war era, hence his pro-russian influence / connections puts him in firm stance against aid for Ukraine. Also, feel free to google big corruption scandal called "Gorila" from Slovakia organized by his opposition but without major success. They actually held protest a front of the luxury apartment block where he was allegedly gifted one apartment, but i did not ever got interested in getting into the little details of these accusations. I am living in Ireland for almost 18y at this stage, so i am bit disconnected from current Slovakian political issues, but huge corruption, ignorance of people's will (nation voted against joining EU and they held second poll after major advertisement campaign all media and turned this other way around), and other fake promises before polls and different actions afterwards… Also bullying of whole society during Covid-19 was partially his work, so who knows what was the motive behind.

  • Registered Users Posts: 653 ✭✭✭

    Russians meddled in the Slovakian elections too so saying Fico was democratically elected is pushing it.

    "After five years in opposition, Fico’s party won parliamentary elections last year on a pro-Russian and anti-American platform. He vowed to bring an end to Slovakia providing Ukraine with military support as it battled Russia’s full-scale invasion, and has argued that NATO and the United States provoked Moscow into war.

    After his election victory, the new government immediately halted arms deliveries to Ukraine. Thousands repeatedly took to the streets across Slovakia to rally against Fico’s pro-Russian and other policies, including plans to amend the penal code to eliminate a special anti-graft prosecutor and to take control of public media.

    Fico’s return to power caused concern among his critics that he and his party — which had long been tainted by scandal — would lead Slovakia away from its pro-Western course. He vowed to pursue a “sovereign” foreign policy, promised a tough stance against migration and non-governmental organizations, and campaigned against LGBTQ+ rights.

    He earned a reputation for his tirades against journalists, and faced criminal charges in 2022 for allegedly creating a criminal group and misuse of power. In 2018, he and his government stepped down amid controversy after Slovakian investigative journalist Ján Kuciak was murdered along with his fiancée. Kuciak had been reporting on tax-related crimes implicating high-level Slovak politicians."

    Fico is a Putin clone so it's no surprise someone decided to sacrifice themselves to get rid of a despot in the making. Now if only people could do the same for Trump, Orban and Lukashenko maybe scumbags would be less enthusiastic in trying to take power from democracies.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 20 Pavol_SVK

    Not for sensitive people, but nothing close up on the video in the link