Today, Ivan Pernar (39) was arrested by the police in front of a school in Split and was subjected to a criminal investigation. The Split police force concluded their investigation into Pernar’s activities and found him in violation of both the Law on Public Gathering and the Law on Offenses against Public Order and Peace.
The investigation determined that Pernar had utilized social networks to organize and call for a public gathering in the school zone around 1:00 p.m. He then held this gathering, which was not reported to the police, and used it as a platform to express and advocate for his beliefs and objectives in front of hundreds of high school students.
During this gathering, Pernar initiated and conducted a resistance and push-up competition that included several high school students. He also awarded the winners of this competition with monetary prizes. Following his departure from the gathering, where students were still present, several eggs were thrown at three individuals from the group that had assembled at Pernar’s behest, resulting in further disruption of public order and peace.
The police also found that Pernar continued to organize additional public gatherings in front of other schools in Split via social networks. This morning, he personally appeared at an elementary school, announcing his intention to return to the same location tomorrow.
The authorities also believe there is sufficient evidence to suggest that Pernar, in an attempt to further his personal objectives, exploited high school students, including minors, in a distressing and degrading manner. He encouraged these students to compete for his personal promotion, causing public outrage. Pernar also shared recordings of the students on social networks, further violating public order and peace.
Pernar held an unregistered peaceful assembly and failed to take the necessary steps to maintain order and peace during the event, thereby infringing upon several provisions of the Law on Public Assembly and the Law on Offenses against Public Order and Peace. An indictment against Pernar has been submitted to the Municipal Misdemeanor Court in Split.