Young, Idealistic but Determined, Slovaks Lead Anticorruption Crusade

For young people like Mr. Straka and Ms. Farska, the fight against corruption is about nothing less than taking their country back for the next generation. Their battle is infused with a healthy dose of youthful idealism, but their anticorruption campaign has caught on, as have like-minded movements across the region.

The pair have become local media darlings, using Facebook to organize an anticorruption march in mid-April that drew as many as 10,000 people.

Immediately after the high schoolers dropped off their single-page manifesto at the government’s official complaints office on the day of the march, they made their way through the baroque city center of Bratislava to a square where a few hundred people had already started gathering.

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