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Protests turn violent in Slovenia ahead of presidential vote

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Protests turn violent in Slovenia ahead of presidential vote


Thousands of protesters gathered in the Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana on Friday to rally against government budget cuts ahead of the country’s presidential election.

The demonstration began peacefully – many demonstrators held banners calling on Prime Minister Janez Jansa and his cabinet to quit office – but clashes broke out between police and protesters when a group tried to storm parliament.
At least 15 people were reportedly injured and 30 were arrested in what turned into a street battle.

The violence comes less than two days before Slovenia goes to the polls. The election pits incumbent President Danilo Turk against former prime minister Borut Pahor, who is expected to win Sunday’s vote. According to a recent poll, Pahor leads with 55 percent of the vote.

The troubled eurozone member is in the midst of a severe recession and has implemented a string of budget cuts in a bid to avoid an international bailout.

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