Thousands Join Fresh Anti-Govt Protest in Sofia

Domestic | July 8, 2013, Monday // 20:35|  views

For the 24th consecutive day, dozens of thousands of Bulgarians assembled outside the Council of Ministers building in Sofia on Sunday evening to protest against the Socialist-led government of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.

Thousands of Bulgarians took to the streets in the capital Sofia on Monday to protest against the country’s Socialist-led government for a 25th consecutive day.

As usual, protesters gathered at around 6:30 pm at the Independence Square in downtown Sofia.

The rally then headed towards Parliament and the key Orlov Most (Eagles’ Bridge) intersection, with demonstrators chanting “Resignation!” and “Mafia!”

“The Interior Ministry cannot count,” some banners are saying, referring to claims made by the Ministry that only about 3 000 people had joined Sunday’s rally – despite the number of protesters clearly exceeding 30 000.

According to social media, protesters would take to the "Tsarigradsko Shose" Blvd for a second day in a row, instead of heading along the Evlogi and Hristo Georgievi Blvd, as they did previously.

Earlier on Monday, some 300 people joined a counter-rally in support of PM Plamen Oresharshki’s government.

The series of anti-government protests in Bulgaria was triggered by the scandalous appointment of controversial media mogul Delyan Peevski as Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS).

Although the appointment was revoked, the people went on to demand that the cabinet resign collectively over ties with oligarchs.

Some protesters are also calling for Election Code amendments which will guarantee greater representation of the people in Parliament.

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Tags: protest, anti-government, GERB, Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB), Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Sergei Stanishev, ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, nationalist party Ataka, Plamen Oresharski, State Agency for National Security, DANS


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