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Local Communities and Post-Communist Transformation by Simon Smith

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3 Civic Forum and Public Against Violence

Agents for community self-determination? Experiences of local actors

Simon Smith

So are you saying we don’t have any honourable politicians?

— We do, but they are the ones who lack support…. People somehow don’t appreciate them …

Could it have turned out differently?

— Probably not. I thought this country was a lot better prepared for the fall of communism, that its moral condition was a lot better. But it isn’t.

You live in a small village [near Trnava] where most people support HZDS. How do you get along?

— The locals believe sweet-sounding slogans and don’t realise what influence they have on things. They tolerate me, they even listen, but they treat me as an eccentric.

(Interview with actor and folk ...

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