Slovenia: Chainsaw man tries to enter Parliament building

A man tried to enter the National Assembly building with a chainsaw on Tuesday afternoon, shouting “my lock is full,” with security guards stopping him at the main entrance.

Social media footage from the scene shows the man, having a dog in tow, being treated by a security guard while another guard turns off the chainsaw.

No one was injured and the incident did not affect the proceedings in the National Assembly, which was debating at the time the dismissal of President Igor Zorčič.

Police say they were informed of the incident around 7 p.m. A patrol was sent to the scene and brought the man into custody.

The coronavirus situation in Slovenia is quite reprehensible, with no signs of radical improvement. Of a total of 5,395 PCR tests performed Monday, 1,080 returned positive with a 20% positivity rate, up from 16.4% on Sunday. The daily death toll was 15. The seven-day average of new cases rose from 14 to 957, the government announced. The number of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals dropped to 515, of whom 105 are in intensive care, seven less than the day before.

Slovenia has conducted over 2,526,000 COVID-19 tests since the global pandemic broke out last year. There have been over 4,321 deaths recorded due to coronavirus in Slovenia, while over 214,000 people have been infected with the disease. In Slovenian hospitals, there are currently 515 people being treated for coronavirus. At the moment, Slovenia is facing a new blockage due to the growing number of infections.

The government recently decided to tighten anti-virus measures with strict rules and border controls, an international travel ban and many other provisions. The most draconian measure will be the eleven-day blockade scheduled for April 1st.

The Chamber of Crafts and Small Business (OZS) expressed its dissatisfaction with the new closure of small businesses during 1-11 April, which they consider discriminatory given that large companies will be able to work without interruption. “We can not accept claims that the risk of infection in workshops and small salons is higher than in large production halls with 500 or 1,000 employees. Our members tell us that they want to work and not receive subsidies, “said OZS President Branko Meh.

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