Dozens of coronavirus-sceptics gathered in Republic Square next to Slovenia National Assembly in Ljubljana on Wednesday to rally against COVID-19 restrictions, including the compulsory wearing of face masks and recommended vaccination.
A large number of riot police officers were seen on site, and some of the side streets were barricaded by police vans and a fence.
Protesters were heard shouting slogans such as ‘repression’ and ‘Thieves’.
“We all have to go to work, we need to do sports, we have to do extra activities, we have to go skiing, we have to go to many places and we must not be forbidden to do so,” said another protester addressing the crowd.
The protest came as Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa announced the extension of COVID restrictions until late spring. According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Slovenia has recorded 143,679 cases of coronavirus cases and 3,070 related deaths.