Bulgarian Expats Stage Anti-Govt Rally in New YorkDomestic | July 2, 2013, Tuesday // 08:32| views
Bulgarians in NYC plan to stage protest rallies until the government in their homeland resigns, photo by Facebook
Over sixty Bulgarians have gathered Monday before the United Nations headquarters in New York City to protest against the situation in their homeland.
One of the organizers, Veneta Varbanova, has told the Focus news agency the goal of the rally has been to attract attention of UN employees and NYC residents to what is happening in Bulgaria.
She says passerby asked questions and took pictures of the protesters.
According to Varbanova, the demonstrators intend to continue the initiative until the Bulgarian government resigns and are now discussing the date of the next rally.
They also plan to unite all protesting Bulgarians across the US.
The protests were sparked by the shocking 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).
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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