Slovakian banks including the country’s central bank found themselves advertising Bitcoin on July 11th as a giant icon was illuminated on the exterior of banking institutions around Bratislava.
A local action group, an arm of Czech crypto group Paraleni Polis, were responsible for the giant batman style logo which advertised the coin.
The group, which is based in the Czech capital Prague, is a well-established anti-bank, pro-crypto organization which even has its own cafe and crypto hub. Along with an uploaded video of the central bank illuminated by the Bitcoin logo they added a statement referring to the hostility shown by Czech banks towards cryptocurrencies, part of which read:
“Slovak banks, instead of embracing the unlimited possibilities of cryptocurrencies and supporting the emerging crypto companies, due to state regulators or unclear legislation remain in the darkness.”
Further, the group drew attention to the age of enlightenment and the creation of the printing press in the 15th century making the analogy that a new contemporary witch hunt instigated by government legislators is now targeting the latest innovations. The Bitcoin illumination appeared to be a reference to the banking system needing to move from the “darkness” of the status quo into the dawn of a new era, presumably blockchain.
There have been a few reported incidents this year of banks denying services to customers who have Bitcoin investments, and some exchanges have been denied services as well. Also, there has been evidence that appears to suggest that mortgages may not be quite so easy to acquire for those with a cryptocurrency selling history as Bitcoin News reported recently. A major Australian bank has also recently informed its customers that they can no longer use mortgage equity for purchasing cryptocurrency.
This is not the first time that the anti-banking logo has been used, however, this time in Switzerland, where another activist group, Trust Square, projected the same Bitcoin logo onto the wall of the National Bank of Switzerland in May, according to InsideBitcoins.
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