Prominent Bulgarian Poet Refuses to End Anti-Govt Hunger Strike

Domestic | July 15, 2013, Monday // 18:33|  views

Bulgarian poet Edvin Sugarev. Photo by BGNES

Edvin Sugarev, a Bulgarian poet and former lawmaker, has once again refused to end his hunger strike against the country’s embattled socialist-led government.

Sugarev’s hunger strike has lasted 20 days now and many fear it may have dire consequences on his health and life.

The famous Bulgarian poet – who is a former Ambassador to India and Mongolia – has told that he is feeling relatively well, despite having lost a significant amount of weight.

“When one has decided on such a step, one should not give up,” he has declared.
A number of respected Bulgarian intellectuals have written a letter to Mr. Sugarev and to photographer Nikolay Genov, who is also on a hunger strike, asking them to stop.

While the intellectuals have expressed their admiration for the two men’s courageous act, they have noted that the rulers “barely have a conscience” and would not be touched by their self-sacrifice.

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) on June 14.

Although the appointment was revoked, Bulgarians went on to demand that the cabinet of PM Plamen Oresharski resign collectively.

Edvin Sugarev launched his hunger strike on June 26.

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