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Slovenia: Leftist protesters call on government to resign

Friday’s anti-government protests in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana continue, but the latest of them raised some issues that Janez Janša needs to answer carefully. The first is to appease the “left” to prevent a repeat of the large-scale protests a few weeks ago, and the second is to reassure those who did not gladly accept the final flight of the Israeli flag at the government building.

According to media reports, Friday’s anti-government protesters gave the government a week to resign or face a massive “uprising” to push for early elections next Friday. The ultimatum was issued after last week’s “cycling protest” coincided with an event organized by a movement for the Slovenian Palestinian community with many of the protesters waving Palestinian flags.

According to a report by the news portal www.rtvslo.si, the protest, converging in the square in front of the parliament building, drew a crowd of several hundred from unofficial estimates.

Pro-government media wrote that “Slovenian radical leftists again protested in front of the Slovenian parliament against the center-right government of Janez Janša and demanded his resignation. They were joined by Palestinians living in Slovenia and Palestinian asylum seekers, who were angry that the Slovenian government had hung the Israeli flag on its building as a sign of solidarity with the attacked Israel. “The Slovenes were shocked that the Palestinians in the middle of the foreign country that accepted them dared to go crazy and turn the center of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, into an Islamic center.”

The news portal demokratracija.eu says that, immediately after the protest, several shots were fired in front of the Jewish center in Ljubljana. No one was injured, and police are still investigating.

The protesters announced that if the government does not resign, the protest on May 28 would be even more massive than the one organized on April 27, which according to police estimates was attended by about 10,000 people.

“It’s time for early elections! “It’s time to stop that train that is speeding into an abyss even before we start chairing the EU,” reads the call issued by the group calling for protest.

They announced that the protests next Friday will include cycling protesters, unions, students, retirees, young people, people from the academic and cultural spheres, environmental NGOs, marginalized groups, musicians and artists.

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