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