Slovakia’s police stated Thursday they discovered the physique of a suspect who allegedly fatally shot two folks the day prior to this within the capital in what some officers are suggesting was a hate crime.
Two males had been killed and a girl was wounded on Wednesday night close to or at a bar, which is a well-liked spot for the native LGBTQ neighborhood in downtown Bratislava.
Comenius University in Bratislava stated one of many two victims was a pupil.
Police stated they had been investigating however have not offered particulars in regards to the motive of the taking pictures. They additionally stated that authorities discovered the suspect’s physique, however did not instantly give any additional particulars.
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President Zuzana Caputova and Prime Minister Eduard Heger condemned the slayings and recommended it may need been a hate crime.
“When I say that Slovakia is a free and democratic nation I meant it,” Heger stated Thursday. “It’s unacceptable that anybody needs to be afraid about their lifestyle,” he stated.
“No type of extremism is appropriate.”
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Caputova and Heger provided condolences to the kin of the victims.
“We must collectively overcome the hatred and evil,” Caputova stated, including that her ideas with the victims and “those that not really feel secure after it.”
Caputova and Heger referred to as on different politicians to fastidiously select their phrases when talking about minorities. Some politicians, together with from the ruling coalition, have beforehand made derogatory feedback in regards to the LGBTQ neighborhood.
“I hold saying for 3 years that phrases are additionally weapons,” Caputova stated. “That we politicians are liable for each single phrase we are saying. Yet so many right here ruthlessly fill the house with hate.”
Interior Minister Roman Mikulec stated it passed off at a web site “the place the LGBTQ minority used to fulfill and search for security.”
“Any demonstrations of extremism towards this or some other minority are unacceptable and haven’t any place in our society,” Mikulec stated.
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According to Slovak media, the suspect posted a racist doc on Twitter filled with hatred for Jews and LGBTQ folks and posts in regards to the taking pictures. The account was blocked Thursday.