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Protests, Ideology Dominate Independence Day Celebration

Ljubljana, 22 December - Protests against the political establishment and persistent ideological divisions dominated the Independence and Unity Day celebration on Saturday, which coincided with the inauguration of President Borut Pahor

Ljubljana
Prime Minister Janez Janša receives the families of victims of Slovenia's 1991 independence war.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana
Prime Minister Janez Janša delivers the keynote at the official Independence Day ceremony.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana
Prime Minister Janez Janša delivers the keynote at the official Independence Day ceremony.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana
President Borut Pahor talks to protesters on the way to the official Independence Day ceremony. He tells them he understands their qualms, but they boo him with calls of "How dare you!" and "Shame on you!".
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
President Borut Pahor talks to protesters on the way to the official Independence Day ceremony. He tells them he understands their qualms, but they boo him with calls of "How dare you!" and "Shame on you!".
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
A protest organised by artists, dubbed Protestival, is held in the centre of Ljubljana as a counterweight to the official Independence and Unity Day ceremony.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
A protest organised by artists, dubbed Protestival, is held in the centre of Ljubljana as a counterweight to the official Independence and Unity Day ceremony.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
A protest organised by artists, dubbed Protestival, is held in the centre of Ljubljana as a counterweight to the official Independence and Unity Day ceremony.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
Prime Minister Janez Janša receives the families of victims of Slovenia's 1991 independence war.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana
Prime Minister Janez Janša receives the families of victims of Slovenia's 1991 independence war.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

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