ZAGREB, Nov 26 (Hina) – The government on Thursday amended the decree on designation of protected persons and buildings, designating St Mark’s Square, the location of the buildings housing the government offices, parliament and the Constitutional Court, as a category 1 guarded area.
The amendment came after a 12 October shooting incident in which a police officer guarding the entrance to the government building was shot and wounded and the perpetrator later committed suicide.
Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said that the designation of the area as a guarded area created the legal grounds for stepping up security measures in order to reduce the possibilities of direct access and undermining the safety and security of the persons and buildings concerned.
He said that the rights to public assembly and peaceful protests would not be restricted and would be in compliance with the relevant legislation.
Access and movement for all persons, employees, office-holders, lawmakers, Constitutional Court judges, people living in the buildings in the square, worshippers visiting St Mark’s Church and participants in public rallies will not be restricted.