Bulgarian Protests Continue, Is the World Watching?

Views on BG | July 3, 2013, Wednesday // 07:40|  views

Though the protests began in reaction to Peevski appointment, they have turned into demonstrations against the Socialist-backed government, headed by Plamen Oresharski. Photo by Dimiter Muftieff


For more than two and a half weeks now Bulgarians have been taking to the streets, demanding their newly appointed socialist government step down.

The protests were originally sparked by the controversial appointment of businessman and MP Delyan Peevski as the new head of the State Agency for National Security. Public anger eventually led to his removal but the demonstrations have continued, with the people demanding reforms that will bring greater transparency to Bulgarian public life, which they claim is fraught with corruption.

Bulgarians argue it is these dubious links between parliament and businessmen that deter foreign investment, and thus deprive the country of higher living standards.

The people of Bulgaria have been taking to the streets daily, in numbers that they believe have been grossly under-reported by their government and the world’s media. The government, which has been in power for just over three weeks, only holds half of the seats in parliament and relies on the support of a nationalist party to stay in office.

The photos and videos, taken over the last few days, suggest that the movement shows no signs easing.

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