Bulgaria Socialists to Occupy Eagles Bridge in Support of Belene NPP - Report

Society | July 10, 2012, Tuesday // 14:16|  views

July 1, Bulgarian Socialist Party activists rallied at the site at which the scrapped Belene NPP was to be built. Photo by BGNES

The Bulgarian Socialist Party is gathering a non-official rally at Eagles Bridge in central Sofia in support of the scrapped Belene NPP project, according to reports circulating in social networks.

The socialists are said to intend taking advantage of recent rallies carried out at Eagles Bridge (Orlov Most) in the Bulgarian capital against Bulgaria's new controversial Forestry Act.

Besides the Forestry Act, ralliers, who on three consecutive days June 13-15 managed to block traffic at the central Sofia intersection, have protested what they see as deep flaws in Bulgarian political life.

In particular, they saw the new legislation as intended to service the interests of particular companies in the tourism and lumber industries.

An alternative rally is already being called in social networks against the reported Bulgarian Socialist Party rally, as many Occupy Eagles Bridge ralliers do not support the Socialists and are against nuclear energy.

Some Facebook users, who actively participated in the protests against the Forestry Act, are enraged against what they see as an attempt by the Socialists to hijack the protest for a cause they oppose.

According to their information, the Socialists will informally send members of their youth organization, who will attempt to take precedence over others, who will assemble at Eagles Bridge to protest a drastic rise in electricity prices.

The two rallies, if real, are expected to take place around 4-6 pm Tuesday.

The Bulgarian Socialist Party has already gathered 350,000 signatures out of 0.5 M needed to call a referendum in support of the Belene NPP project, reports ITAR-TASS.

After years of indecision, end of March Bulgaria's government officially gave up on Belene NPP, which it was supposed to build using the services of Russian company Atomstroyexport.

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Tags: electricity prices, Facebook, Forestry Act, Atomstroyexport, Russian, Referendum, Belene NPP, Socialists, Bulgarian Socialist Party, sofia, Eagles Bridge, Occupy, protest, protest


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