Slovenia’s Autumn of Discontent officially changed seasons yesterday with more demonstrations last night, the so-called National Uprising.
The largest was in the capital Ljubljana where a crowd estimated at more than 10,000 gathered in the central Trg Republike, or Republic Square, near Parliament to again demand the resignation of Slovenia’s entire political elite, including the current government. The initial response? Through its official twitter feed, Prime Minister Janez Janša‘s SDS (Slovenian Democratic Party) party called the demonstration a ‘Zombie Uprising’. I suppose that’s one way to deal with dissent and a growing restless and upset population. Probably not the best option however.
Unlike a few previous gatherings late in the fall, this one remained peaceful. A few more snaps below plus a 46-photo slideshow is below – it even includes a smoking Santa. There were more protests tonight in the same general area as former Prime Minister Borut Pahor was sworn in as Slovenia’s fourth president since independence.
For good English-language background on the current and growing political crisis in Slovenia, I strongly recommend Sleeping with Pengovsky, a blog by a local journalist. Don’t be turned off –or on– by his Friday and Monday skin posts (which are probably NSFW in the U.S.). There’s plenty of really good analysis, too, beginning with the first couple stories inked to below.