Yellow Vest Protests Coming to Ljubljana, 10 October

By , 20 Sep 2019, 20:34 PM Politics
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STA, 19 September 2019 - Slovenian right-wing parties and a number of civil initiatives will stage a protest in Ljubljana on 10 October under the slogan Let's Save Slovenia. The demonstration will be held at the initiative of former Maribor Mayor Franc Kangler in cooperation with the non-parliamentary People's Party (SLS).

According to social media comments and media reports, the protest will be joined by the opposition Democrats (SDS) and the non-parliamentary party Greens of Slovenia as well.

The SLS has registered the protest which will address environmental, social, judicial and security issues as well as include music performances.

According to the party, a number of civil initiatives and movements, including 16 organisations in total so far, have decided to join the protest.

Kangler has told the national broadcaster that the protesters wanted to highlight inequality before the law, lowering climate standards to benefit rich companies and escalating poverty despite better economic indicators.

According to him, the protest will be a peaceful one, with protesters wearing yellow vests to honour the populist yellow vest movement that started in France last year.

The SLS leader Marjan Podobnik has told the STA that the protest brought together numerous initiatives which had emerged in the past few months including those tackling illegal migration and environmental issues.

"This is a protest against abnormalities, wrongdoings and greed," said Podobnik, adding that the demonstration was a way to criticise the government since it was its task to tackle those issues and corruption.

He hopes the protest will serve as a wake-up call for the government.

The prime minister's office has responded by saying that everybody has the right to stage a protest, pointing out that it should be held in line with regulations though.

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