PM: Protesters wanted to hinder functioning of the state

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One of the protests held at Freedom Square in Tallinn. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

The police found that the people who staged protests against the Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control Act in early April wanted to hinder the functioning of the state, which under law is not a direct threat to constitutional order, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said on Thursday.

Kallas said that the Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) wishes to make a big deal out of it. This, according to the head of government, is not justified.  

Government spokespeople clarified that when talking about the threat assessment at the government press conference, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas was referring to the threat assessment of the police, not the Internal Security Service.

According to Kallas, the threat assessment contains the sentence that "the protesters want to hinder the functioning of the state."

The head of government acknowledged that, under law, this is not a direct threat to constitutional order, meaning an attack on constitutional institutions. 

"There is no information about the constitutional order having been jeopardized in such fashion," Kallas said.

"Nobody has argued that this company of people wanted to attack the state," she said, adding that while one protester made a call for a "turnaround of the state," that call did not pose a real danger. 

Kallas said that the demonstrators did not observe valid restrictions and the police acted in accordance with the general threat assessment, meaning the assessment of the Health Board concerning the potential spread of the virus and the assessment of the police concerning the actions of the protesters.

"The police were very lenient with provocateurs," the prime minister added.

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