LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Thousands of people across Slovenia have protested against the center-right government and its austerity measures designed to avoid an international bailout for the economically-troubled EU nation.
Friday's protests passed peacefully, unlike similar demonstrations earlier this month that ended in clashes between police and groups of rock-throwing extremists. Riot police were deployed heavily in the capital, Ljubljana. Police said two people were briefly detained for minor offenses, after firebombs and rocks were found during pre-rally searches.
The protesters also marched through several cities, chanting "thieves" and accusing the government of alleged widespread corruption. The demonstrations were organized through Facebook and dubbed an "All-Slovenian Uprising."
The small Alpine nation has faced a major economic downturn and is in danger of needing EU's financial help.