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Mass protests on the rise in Slovenia

Ljubljana : Slovenia | Dec 01, 2012 at 7:12 AM PST
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Slovenia, small country with a population of 2 million, has been member of European Union since 2004 and joined Eurozone in 2007. It has also been struggling with financial crisis and might be the next EU member to ask for international help.

After Social Democrats' government fell one year before the end of it's term, the country experinced early elections for the first time in December 2011. Although rather leftist party Positive Slovenia won the elections, they could not form a coalition therefore a right wing government emerged.

Prime minister Janez Jansa is currently undergoing trial in a case of possible corruption when his last government (2004 – 2008) was buying Patria military vehicles. His current government made series of budget cuts in order to save money, including critically lowering pensions and funding for educational and cultural departements.

Last spark that ignited recent wave of protests was when mayor of Slovenia's second biggest city Maribor (population 95.000) put 40 new speed-control radars around the streets and started fining people. On November 12th between 400 and 600 protesters joined in front of the city hall, demanding mayor's resignation.

On November 17th there was a peaceful protest in capital city of Ljubljana against recent budget cuts. There are 272.000 inhabitants and over 30.000 joined together to protest. Percentually speaking, this would mean that in a city the size of Paris more than half a million people would protest.

Next protest happened again in Maribor, on November 26th. This time around 10.000 protesters came. Unfortunately there were riots, as few hundred protesters started throwing fire-crackers and burning images of their mayor. Police responded by firing tear gas. Unofficially over 50 people were held by the police, around 15 protesters were injured.

In support of their protest, there was another one held in Ljubljana on November 27th. Only in one day over 1000 people got organized and protested in front of the city hall, government and parliament buildings.

During the protest, prime minister Jansa called for an emergeny meeting with the director of the police, secretary of the minister for defence and general of the Slovenian Army.

On November 30th, there were protests in towns of Koper, Kranj and again in Ljubljana. This time around 10.000 protesters marched peacefully together. Around 8pm a group of masked huliganes emerged, throwing torches and fire crackers thus provoking fight with the police. In response authorities used several tear gas projectiles and two water cannons. Peaceful crowd was shocked with the huligans and tried to whistle them away, so they would not ruin the meaning of their protest.

Social networks spread the news about the protests quickly

Slovenia, small country with a population of 2 million, has been member of European Union since 2004 and joined Eurozone in 2007. It has also been struggling with financial crisis and might be the next EU member to ask for international help.

After Social Democrats' government fell one year before the end of it's term, the country experinced early elections for the first time in December 2011. Although rather leftist party Positive Slovenia won the elections, they could not form a coalition therefore a right wing government emerged.

Prime minister Janez Jansa is currently undergoing trial in a case of possible corruption when his last government (2004 – 2008) was buying Patria military vehicles. His current government made series of budget cuts in order to save money, including critically lowering pensions and funding for educational and cultural departements.

Last spark that ignited recent wave of protests was when mayor of Slovenia's second biggest city Maribor (population 95.000) put 40 new speed-control radars around the streets and started fining people. On November 12th between 400 and 600 protesters joined in front of the city hall, demanding mayor's resignation.

On November 17th there was a peaceful protest in capital city of Ljubljana against recent budget cuts. There are 272.000 inhabitants and over 30.000 joined together to protest. Percentually speaking, this would mean that in a city the size of Paris more than half a million people would protest.

Next protest happened again in Maribor, on November 26th. This time around 10.000 protesters came. Unfortunately there were riots, as few hundred protesters started throwing fire-crackers and burning images of their mayor. Police responded by firing tear gas. Unofficially over 50 people were held by the police, around 15 protesters were injured.

In support of their protest, there was another one held in Ljubljana on November 27th. Only in one day over 1000 people got organized and protested in front of the city hall, government and parliament buildings.

During the protest, prime minister Jansa called for an emergeny meeting with the director of the police, secretary of the minister for defence and general of the Slovenian Army.

On November 30th, there were protests in towns of Koper, Kranj and again in Ljubljana. This time around 10.000 protesters marched peacefully together. Around 8pm a group of masked huliganes emerged, throwing torches and fire crackers thus provoking fight with the police. In response authorities used several tear gas projectiles and two water cannons. Peaceful crowd was shocked with the huligans and tried to whistle them away, so they would not ruin the meaning of their protest.

Social networks spread the news about the protests quickly around the country, with new protests being announced for the following days in all major Slovenian cities.

around the country, with new protests being announced for the following days in all major Slovenian cities.

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Slovenia's Finance minister Janez Sustersic, pictured in Ljubljana, on October 2
Slovenia's Finance minister Janez Sustersic, pictured in Ljubljana, on October 2
vitdobrin is based in Ljubljana, Osrednjeslovenska, Slovenia, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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