ZAGREB, Nov 11, 2020 – Police have brought charges against the 27-year-old organizer and leader of the Anti-COVID protest rally that called for the dissolution of the national COVID-19 crisis response team for failing to ensure law and order and violating epidemiological rules.
They said that the 27-year-old man had not taken measures to ensure law and order, which resulted in the violation of measures introduced by the crisis response team, namely those related to keeping a safe distance and using protective face masks when that is not possible. In addition, the man did not warn protesters or stop the rally when he saw that they were not adhering to the measures in place.
Police said that the 27-year-old man had been informed about his duties as the organizer and leader of a public gathering when he reported the protest rally, and he had been warned to adhere to all epidemiological measures.
They added that the City of Zagreb’s crisis response team had sent the instructions to the organizer of the Anti-COVID protest rally.
Citizens dissatisfied with the work of the national coronavirus response team gathered at Zagreb’s Central Railway Station on Sunday and walked towards the main square Trg Bana Jelacica where a dozen speakers addressed the demonstrators.
During their march, they did not adhere to epidemiological measures, such as keeping a safe distance or wearing protective masks.
Demonstrators carried banners with different messages, including those reading: “How dangerous is a virus if you need a test to know you have it?” and “This is not a matter of virus, but a matter of control.”