This time the protesters scattered across Slovenia

Opponents of the obligation to meet the PCT condition today point out, in their opinion, the unequal treatment of citizens in Maribor, Celje and Koper. Most of them, of course, are in Ljubljana, where only a few hundred people gathered today.


Republic Square in Ljubljana.

Protests against government measures to curb the spread of coronavirus and the PCT condition (sick, vaccinated, tested) are taking place this time in several places in Slovenia. Several hundred protesters gathered again at Ljubljana’s Trg republike, and up to a hundred on the other side in Maribor, Celje and Koper. So far, nothing points to unrest.

Among other things, the protesters in Ljubljana were critical of individual government measures, calling on the government to resign and hold early elections due to the current situation in the country. Dissatisfaction was also expressed over calls for vaccination. They also pointed out the importance of free expression of opinion, as in their opinion they are facing censorship of information. Shortly after 6 pm, some of the protesters in Ljubljana moved from Trg republike towards the city center, and then the rally continued through the streets of Ljubljana again.

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Republic Square in Ljubljana.

In the end, about 20 of them persisted

Around 80 people gathered on Trg svobode in Maribor. Some protesters carried banners and whistled, some also drummed, and a Slovenian flag waving was also observed. Shortly after the rally began, a police officer called on those gathered through a megaphone to follow measures to prevent the spread of the virus, and warned them that the incident was being recorded. Police officers then retreated to the edge of the square and watched what was happening from afar. After two hours, the participants of the rally moved from Freedom Square and walked through the old town. About 20 more participants insisted on returning to the starting point of the rally.

About 70 protesters gathered on the Square of Celje Princes in Celje for a peaceful protest. Some of them came with banners, and among the reasons for attending the rally, they pointed out, among other things, current events in the country and numerous calls for vaccinations. As one of the protesters said, this government is not working as they imagined, so after 30 years of independence, the country is in a very bad state.

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Trg celjskih knezov in Celje.

“It’s all the other way around”

Between 60 and 70 people gathered in Koper. There was no special program or speakers, but protesters occasionally chanted slogans such as “Freedom!”, “Down with the masks!” and “Down with PCT!”. The protest was also watched from a distance by a small number of police officers. One participant said they oppose both government measures to curb the spread of the epidemic and repression. “Instead of the measures being taken by the profession and then submitted to the government, everything is the other way around here,” he said. she further assessed. The protest also had a cross-border note. Another protester also took part in protests against the digital covid certificate in neighboring Trieste, and in Koper she came to express support for Trieste port workers.

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Tito Square in Koper.

Police on alert

Prior to the start of the rallies, the General Police Administration announced that the police were aware of today’s planned public rallies in several cities across Slovenia. As the rallies were not registered this time either, in accordance with the law, the police will take care of order, and they have properly prepared and organized for the coordination of tasks in guarding the rallies, they explained.

They also emphasized that police officers must take action in the event of serious and mass violations, in extreme cases also by dissolving the rally. “In such cases, the participants must leave the room, as only in this way is it possible to ensure the safe execution of the task and thus also ensure the safety of all participants in the meeting,” they stated. Rally participants are therefore advised to pay attention to individual events that could endanger or damage them.

At the same time, the participants of the announced rallies were urged to exercise the right to public assembly and to express their views calmly and patiently, to follow the instructions and orders of police officers, and not to obstruct or endanger public transport. “Among other things, it should be understood that road links are also often used by rescue teams and could also endanger people’s lives,” he said. they reported.

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