Bulgaria Interior Minister Vows to Attend Police Protest Rally

Domestic | March 17, 2010, Wednesday // 16:04|  views

Bulgaria's Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, vows to attend the Saturday protest rally in sign of support for policemen. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, declared he is going to join the Ministry's employees during their protest rally, scheduled for March 20.

Tsvetanov told reporters Wednesday he always supported his colleagues and understood their problems, adding that realities in the country must be taken into account.

“There is no Interior Minister, who would not want for policemen to have better pay and working conditions. I will go and show solidarity with them, but they must understand that such are the options of the State today. We need to take their demands step by step; we cannot afford to fulfill them all at once. The situation is extremely serious,” Tsvetanov is quoted saying.

The Minister explained he is looking hard to find ways to compensate policemen for having to pay their own health insurance contribution, which is a measure undertaken by the cabinet of his own Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party.

Tsvetanov, who is also a Deputy Prime Minister, said several days ago that he opposes the measure personally, but will support the cabinet.

Earlier Wednesday the Labor Union KNSB announced that the Police Union, the Revenue Agency Employees' Union and and other unions of employees in the State administration will stage a mass protest rally on March 20 against the cabinet's anti-crisis measures.

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