Gallery: Protesters on Toompea

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People protesting against coronavirus restrictions gathered on Toompea Hill and in Freedom Square also on Sunday.

The Health Board found that people stood too close together at the Toompea Hill protests on Saturday, which is why additional barriers have now been installed to improve dispersion of crowds.

The crowds seemed to favor Freedom Square on Sunday, with people giving each other group hugs and waving blue, black and white flags.

PPA: Around 100 attendees

While the Police and Border Guard (PPA) had no cause to intervene by force through the course of Sunday's events, ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) reported Sunday night, prosecution proceedings have been initiated against seven people, including five who were present Sunday, in respect of violating restrictions on public gatherings.

These five were detained and taken to a nearby police station, PPA spokesperson Valdo Põder told AK.

About 100 people had gathered in support of the protest Sunday, Põder said, with the number dwindling to about 20 as of 5 p.m. Sunday.

While the PPA directed participants to disperse, in some instances protesters engaged in verbal arguments with the PPA and Health Board and, Põder said, provoked these personnel.

Additionally, two misdemeanor proceedings were initiated against people who violated public meeting restrictions and who incited the public to congregate at the event, AK reported.

A misdemeanor proceeding was initiated against a man who insulted a Health Board employee, while a woman is being prosecuted after striking a PPA camera.

"All four people were taken to the ward for procedural actions and released after these materials were finalized. In addition, five people were also detained due to placards they were carrying which insulted the PPA," Põder told AK.

The police took the man to the ward, where he was released after the interview.

The Health Board (Terviseamet) also issued three precepts relating to violation of the 2+2 rule, and fined one individual who refused to comply with the precept €500, AK reported.

Põder also expressed concern about the lack of an apparent, clear leader or organizer of such protests, which, he said, could result in unpredictable behavior on the part of the crowd and an escalating situation.

Groups, already limited to a maximum of 10, will be dispersed to still smaller components Monday, should the protests continue, Põder added, noting that the PPA would use greater force than thus far if needed and if orders were resisted physically.

This article was updated to include PPA comments on protestor numbers, details of precepts and proceedings issued and the PPA's stance on continuing protests.


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