DIARY: Slovakian police shoots tourism trade in the foot

Jonathan Davies, client service director at Eklektik Communications in Slovakia, recently saw the rougher side of Bratislava’s nightlife. While at Charlie’s, a popular ex-pat hangout, a dozen men wearing ski masks came running into the pub waving shotguns.

Jonathan Davies, client service director at Eklektik Communications in

Slovakia, recently saw the rougher side of Bratislava’s nightlife. While

at Charlie’s, a popular ex-pat hangout, a dozen men wearing ski masks

came running into the pub waving shotguns.



Davies, a native of Oakland, California, instinctively hit the floor.

The music stopped, the lights came up, and the large crowd was put in

traditional hostage position - hands on heads, eyes down.



But this was no robbery, what Davies was witnessing was a new

Untouchables-style drug raid courtesy of a Bratislava SWAT team.



Unlike Western-trained policemen, who usually hold shotguns in an

upright position in a non-aggressive crowd, the officers - who wear

masks to protect themselves from organised crime retaliation - waved

their guns randomly around the crowd.



After half an hour and no explanations, the men left suddenly. After a

few minutes of unsure silence, the DJ announced over the microphone:

‘Attention all foreigners, welcome to Slovakia’.



Maybe a wet April in Blighty isn’t so bad after all.



Edited by Rebecca Dowman



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