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Police use tear gas, water cannon to disperse protest rally in Ljubljana

Some of the protesters, who rallied against the rigorous application of the recovered-vaccinated-tested rule in Ljubljana on Wednesday night, lit torches and threw them at the parliament building, which was why the police responded with tear gas and a water cannon.

Zagreb, 16 September 2021 (Hina/MIA) – Some of the protesters, who rallied against the rigorous application of the recovered-vaccinated-tested rule in Ljubljana on Wednesday night, lit torches and threw them at the parliament building, which was why the police responded with tear gas and a water cannon.

The protesters chanted “We want our lives back, we want freedom”. They were criticising the government and the imposed rule..

According to police estimates, about 8,000 people gathered at Republic Square in Ljubljana.

Although organisers had called for a peaceful rally, an incident occurred when a protester threw a bottle at one of the police officers guarding the rally but luckily missed him.

Shortly after 8 p.m. police used tear gas, forcing the unruly crowd, which had come closer to the entrance to the parliament building, to move away.

Later, some of the protesters returned and started using pyrotechnics, to which police responded with awater cannon. A group of protesters threw various objects at police, including granite slabs.

The epidemiological situation in Slovenia is deteriorating, and according to the National Institute of Public Health, there are currently 11,238 active coronavirus cases in the country. According to government data, 347 COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospitals, and 75 of them are in intensive care. Six patients died on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, stricter measures for curbing the spread of coronavirus came into force in Slovenia, so citizens cannot even use filling stations without a COVID certificate.

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