Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Bulgaria: 39th day of anti-govt protests in Bulgaria

Source: FOCUS Information Agency!

Sofia. Monday was the 39th straight day of anti-government protests. According to the police, around 2,500 people were protesting in the capital Sofia at around 8:00 p.m. local time.

Traditionally, the protestors gathered in front of the building of the Council of Ministers, blocking the traffic in the boulevard nearby. They held Bulgarian national flags and EU flags. Some of the banners read “Mafia out of the parliament,” “You should have been gone long ago,” “It’s time we buried the 100-year-old party,” “Corporate Commercial Bank: The governments are dear to us,” “Government resignation – one-week term” and others. They chanted “mafia,” “resignation” and “red thrash,” blew whistles and beat drums.
Later the protest march headed to the metal fencing at the back of the parliament. After that the protestors rallied for some time in front of the building of the Interior Ministry, clapping hands and yelling “bravo.” With chants “resignation” the protest march returned outside the parliament. Some of the protestors played the piano as well.

A human chain of police officers prevented the protestors from reaching Eagles’ Bridge crossroads, where the vehicular traffic was not blocked.

At the same time around 30 people gathered close to the National Palace of Culture in Sofia to support Plamen Oresharski’s government for the 26th day in a row. The initiative is organized in Facebook and is called “A chance for Oresharski, a chance for Bulgaria.” Some of the people held Bulgarian national flags and did not chant and hold banners. There were police in the region.