Thousands on bicycles protest against government in Slovenia

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Thousands of Slovenians on bicycles have staged a new protest against the center-right government, continuing weekly protests that started at the height of the new coronavirus outbreak

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia —
Thousands of Slovenians on bicycles staged a new protest Friday against the center-right government, continuing weekly protests that started at the height of the new coronavirus outbreak.

The demonstrations started last month following reports of alleged political pressure in the procurement of protective gear during the pandemic.

Chanting ‘thieves,’ protesters rode through central Ljubljana on their bicycles — a way of demonstrating chosen so that participants can maintain distancing.

Environmental groups have also joined the protest, voicing fear that the government plans to relax environmental protection rules.

An Alpine nation of 2 million people, Slovenia has declared an end to the new coronavirus epidemic.

Critics have accused right-wing Prime Minister Janez Jansa of seeking to exploit the crisis for political gain.


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