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Consequences of the “tolerance,” advocated by Tanja Fajon, can be seen all over Slovenia: Death threats everywhere

Even though the left, and the SD party president Tanja Fajon in particular, are full of empty promises about dialogue, reassuring politics, unity and non-violence, it seems that they do not practice what they preach at all. Neither the politicians nor their followers. They do not find it problematic that, for example, the Prime Minister Janez Janša is receiving death threats, that the puppets depicting the Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs are being burned in front of the parliament, that bloody school desks are being placed in front of the Ministry of Culture, and that photos of doctors who are then being threatened with death are being put up – and we could go on and on, listing even more examples of such actions.  

With all the violent acts, the number of which has further increased during the epidemic, the leftists continue to talk about a government of terror, several times each day. Whatever the government says is intended to intimidate the nation as, according to them, the government is not capable of dialogue, but only of implementing the restrictive measures. At the same time, they also reject the invitation of President Borut Pahor, who advocates for discussion and cooperation in order to help solve the current problems. Why do the threats, dismantling, the throwing of granite block only happen when the government is being led by Janez Janša? The left-wing opposition would probably respond by saying that the reason for this is his “autocratic” rule, but the truth is, so to speak, in the palm of your hand. The leftists do not really want dialogue at all. They do not want cooperation; they do not want to do what is best for the nation. All they want is power and the constant inflow of finances, which is what they have been accustomed to all these years. And for that, they are willing to do anything.

“The protests which you so diligently attend and invite others to, include public death threats. T-shirts with death threats are being worn. They are worn by famous people. Death threats have been made at the meetings of the management bodies of the public radio-television Slovenia. The session lasted for three hours, for three hours they were broadcasting a banner, on which death threats against 220 thousand people who voted for the SDS party were written, and this happened at a time when the party was still in the opposition. I am personally receiving direct death threats,” Janša reminded everyone of how the picture with the death threat was published on the website of the public RTV, as if it were something completely normal, and asked: “Despite what is written in the Criminal Code. I am asking you, the competent authorities in the police, at the prosecutor’s office, in courts, do we have the rule of law, do the laws apply to everyone equally – or can death threats only be made against those who you consider to be second-class?”

It is, of course, true that everyone has the right to their own political beliefs. Nevertheless, no one, no one at all, has the right to threaten someone who thinks differently than they do with death. Article 17 of the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia clearly states that every human life is inviolable. But not only because of that – every man who has at least a little bit of culture, will not even think about doing something like this. Is the phrase “Janša, patient, die in agony!” something that a reasonable or empathetic person would write?

As we have mentioned already, the followers of the left-wing political options are not far behind their holy examples. Of course, the mainstream media are a big help in this, as they are using the epidemic for a political fight against the government and are helping spread the left-wing or rather, the anti-government, anti-Janša ideology. Attacks, curses, threats, everything except cultural dialogue are constantly present on social networks. “It is a pity; he would be perfect for Goli otok,” someone commented on yesterday’s news that the Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs had to turn around at the Croatian border. “Can this uneducated fool really not be silenced?” “When is the slaughter, asking for a friend who is a butcher.” “Žan Mahnič needs to be silenced,” are just some examples of the “friendly” comments tweeted at the State Secretary for National Security.

We have previously already quoted the first paragraph of Article 297 from the Criminal Code, which states: “Anyone who publicly incites hatred, violence or intolerance based on ethnic, racial, religious or national origin, sex, skin colour, wealth, education, social status, political or other beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or any other personal circumstances, and if the act is committed in a way which may endanger or disturb public order or peace, or if the act is done with the use of threats or insults, it shall be punishable by imprisonment of up to two years.” But even in our judicial system, there is clearly a double standard. We would also like to draw attention to paragraph 6 of the same article, which states: “The means and objects with the messages referred to in the first and second paragraphs of this Article, as well as the devices intended for their production, reproduction, and distribution of such objects, shall be seized or their use shall be appropriately prevented.” Therefore, the right thing for the police to do would be to seize the hostile banners during the protests. But we can only imagine what the left would do then.

Sara Kovač

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