Assassination attempt on Slovak PM: Global leaders express ‘shock’


Assassination attempt on Slovak PM:

According to Reuters, Prime Minister Robert Fico is in serious condition after an incident in which he sustained life-threatening injuries.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed astonishment and support, saying, “All of our thoughts are with Prime Minister Fico and his family.”

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Blaming the media and progressives, Ľuboš Blaha, Slovakia’s deputy speaker of parliament, linked today’s incident to broader societal factors, as reported by Aktuality. German scholar Olaf Scholz expressed shock at the ‘cowardly’ attack on Prime Minister Fico, saying that violence has no place in European politics

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy condemned the incident, emphasizing that violence cannot be normalized. He denounced the attack on Slovakia’s prime minister and urged all parties to work together to maintain peace and stability.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni expressed “deep shock” on Wednesday after Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot and brought to the hospital.

“I learned with deep shock the news of the cowardly attack,” she said in a statement that also highlighted the Italian government’s “strongest condemnation of all forms of violence and attacks on the cardinal principles of democracy and freedom”.

Slovakia’s president-elect, Peter Pellegrini, has condemned the assassination attempt, calling it a danger to the country’s democratic foundations. He advocated for civil speech in democratic processes.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he was “shocked and appalled” by the assassination of Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico on Wednesday.

“I wish him strength and swift recovery. My sympathies are with Robert Fico, his family, and the people of Slovakia,” Stoltenberg wrote on X.

According to Aktuality, Slovakia’s deputy speaker of parliament, Ľuboš Blaha, blamed the incident on the media and progressives. He also related it to bigger socioeconomic concerns.

German academic Olaf Scholz was shocked by the ‘cowardly’ attack on Prime Minister Fico, arguing that violence has no place in European politics.

Prime Ministers Peter Orpo of Finland and Kaja Kallas of Estonia denounced the violence, reaffirming their support for democracy and expressing solidarity with Fico and his family.

European Council President Charles Micheal condemned the attack, emphasizing that violence can never be acceptable.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala reiterated the idea, emphasizing the importance of publicly rejecting violence.

Fico, who was conscious after the event, was treated for bullet wounds at a hospital in Handlova before being transported to a more advanced facility, according to a hospital official reported by Reuters.

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