Rallies were held across the country on Sunday as parents protested the closure of schools after two regions re-entered the red zone last week. The government decided that schools should be turned to distance learning and kindergartens should be closed on Monday in both regions, as students in grades one to three were allowed to return to 9 of the 12 regions last week.
After about 200 people protested in Trbovlje on Saturday, several hundred took to the streets of Koper this morning, while about 100 people gathered in Ljubljana. Protests were also staged in Maribor, Kranj and a number of other cities, according to STA reports.
In Koper, protesters held a large banner reading “Schools must stay open!” Enough! Magnification is canceled! “While another read” Open the gardens, close the government! “.
“This is not an uprising, this is not a revolution. This is a struggle for the fundamental rights of all of us, but especially of our children. “We are here today to say no to further destroying our children’s future,” said one parent in Koper.
Prime Minister Janez Janša responded to the protest in Trbovlje with a tweet this morning, describing it as an “irrational and dangerous exploitation of children for political purposes amid an epidemic”.
“Furthermore, the rally is illegal. This is such irresponsible behavior that worsens the situation in individual regions, “Janša added, re-establishing a tweet saying that the organizer of the protest in Trbovlje ran for the opposition list Marjan Šarec (LMŠ) in the 2018 local elections.
In 9 of Slovenia’s 12 administrative regions, gardeners and students in the first three grades of primary school were allowed to return to school and preschool on Tuesday after more than three months.
However, on Thursday, the government decided once again to close schools in Zasavje and Obalno-Kraška as the number of coronavirus cases increased, pushing the regions back into the red zone.
Today, Silver Strand, an association promoting dignified old age that claims school closures due to a jump in infections among elderly residents at home is widening the division between generations, joined parents in their prayer to reopen schools.
Biserka Chief Marolt Meden said in a press release that parents and children had begun blaming seniors for not being able to return to school.
The association called on decision-makers to pay attention to the people, first and foremost the government task force, which has already said in the past that other aspects of life should have been closed sooner than schools.