(Photo: Tomislav Miletic/PIXSELL) (Photo: Tomislav Miletic/PIXSELL)

The decision to limit access to the old town square cames after a shooting incident in October in which a police officer was shot and wounded.

Interior Minister Davor Božinović 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 constitutional right 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.

Source: HRT