Following Monday's protest, police officers have already handed over the identities of some protesters who did not heed their warnings to the health inspectorate. The spread of infectious disease has not yet been detected.
Anti-government protesters in Ljubljana
Police officers have identified 30 people in Ljubljana, and so far have submitted seven proposals to the health inspectorate for proceedings for violation of the ordinance. No crime was detected at the event. During the protest, however, protesters in a section of Republic Square removed a ribbon that banned market access. “In the event, we will continue with appropriate procedures to identify other offenders. In the event of further detected misdemeanors or offenses, we will act in accordance with the law,” they wrote on the General Police Directorate.
About 100 people gathered at the protest in Maribor, and police warned the assemblies that they were violating a decree banning assembly in public places. Some of the collected warnings were ignored and police officers identified them. They provided information on 19 people to the health inspectorate. There are no other actions related to the protest.
The police also controlled the protest rally in Slovenska Bistrica, where 15 people gathered. The police alerted the gathered to a violation of the ordinance. Residents heeded the warnings and dispersed calmly.
The unregistered meetings in Ljubljana and Maribor were protected in accordance with security plans, which were based on security assessment, and the action was based on the principle of proportionality, police explained.
At the event, police officers urged people to use protective equipment and maintain adequate distance between participants. The speakers and potential organizers were briefed by the police on the ban on public gathering. The findings of the violations will be transferred by the police to the health inspectorate, which is competent for violations under the Infectious Diseases Act.
The police also filmed some of the proceedings and violations, and on the basis of the recordings, they will try to identify the offenders and take appropriate actions against them.
The Health Inspectorate in this case is a misdemeanor body
Protesters could also be punished under Article 177 of the Penal Code, which defines the crime of spreading a contagious disease. If the police continue to determine, in the course of the proceeding, that the elements of this crime or any other crime are fulfilled, they will “consulted or coordinated with the competent prosecutor's office about the prosecution”. Otherwise, no suspicion of a crime under Article 177 of the Penal Code has been recorded by the police since the epidemic was declared.
The police are autonomous in dealing with such events, follow legal and professional starting points, and deal with each case separately, the GPU emphasized. “In doing so, it does not rely on public opinion or any position taken by socio-political figures, but instead coordinates the prosecution with the prosecution, while in the prosecution of misdemeanors, the misdemeanor authorities are autonomous and independent in the decision-making process within the organizational hierarchy,” they wrote.