Slovaks rally to protest corruption

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Posted: Feb 03, 2012 11:17 AM
Slovaks rally to protest corruption

For the second time this year, allegations about corruption that appeared on the Internet are causing anti-government protests in Slovakia.

Several thousand people rallied in Bratislava and seven other cities Friday to demand that early elections planned in March be postponed to allow a thorough investigation.

In December a file known as "Gorilla" _ allegedly compiled by the country's SIS spy agency _ appeared on Internet suggesting that the financial group Penta had bribed government and opposition politicians in 2005-06 to win lucrative privatization deals.

Police are investigating the allegations, but SIS has not confirmed the document's authenticity, and Penta and politicians named in it have denied wrongdoing.

A similar anti-government protest took place in January.