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Several European Leaders Receive Death Threats Following Fico's Shooting

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico. Credit: Robert Fico's Facebook page.

In the aftermath of the assassination attempt against Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico May 15, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo have all received death threats, largely delivered on social media.

In Serbia, RT reported that one Dragan Mijatovic responded to a posting that Vucic had made on X expressing shock at the attempted assassination of Fico. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mijatovic responded, “that was a rehearsal for your assassination!” Justice Minister Maja Popovic said it was “unacceptable” that some saw the attempted assassination of Fico as an opportunity to threaten Vucic. RT reported that Mijatovic would be held for 48 hours, pending an investigation.

In Poland, Euractiv reported on May 16 that Prime Minister Donald Tusk showed a screenshot of a message he received on X saying “Fico was shot today. Tusk has fear in his eyes. Does he expect something?” Another message said “that’s how Putin’s friends end. Tusk will keep a lookout now.”

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