Bulgarian Expats Join Homeland's Anti-Govt Protests

Domestic | July 1, 2013, Monday // 13:35|  views

The protest in Frankfurt, photo by Yavor Yalachkov.

Bulgarians living abroad continue to stage anti-government protest rallies in support of the ones in the homeland, lasting for over two weeks now.

The protests were sparked by the outrageous decision of the government to appoint controversial media mogul and Member of the Parliament from the predominantly ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, Delyan Peevski as Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS).

A rally was held Sunday in Frankfurt, Germany, where about 70 expats have gathered under the motto Frankfurt is DANCing with Bulgaria.

A rally was held in London for the third Sunday in a row with 80 Bulgarian people, mostly young couples with children and college students, singing the national anthem, while a young boy, accompanying his mother, played the music on a violin.

Some of the students have travelled from Oxford to participate in the rally. They say they will continue to protests until the Socialist-endorsed government of Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, resigns.

Rallies in support of the demonstrators in Bulgaria have been also held in the German capital Berlin, in Brussels, Belgium, in Chicago and New York City in the US, and in Toronto, Canada.

Monday is the 18th consecutive day of massive peaceful protests in Bulgaria and a bigger rally is to start at 6:30 pm.

The decision to make Peevski national security chief was eventually reversed, yet protesters went on to demand the resignation of the socialist-led government over ties with oligarchs, an end to opaque policies, and Election Code amendments aimed at guaranteeing a greater representation of Bulgarian citizens in the government.

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