Thousands Rally against Bulgarian Govt for 37th Straight Day

Domestic | July 20, 2013, Saturday // 19:44|  views

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Thousands of Bulgarians have once again gathered in downtown Sofia to protest against the country’s embattled government.

For the first time, the rally started with mass jogging.

Several dozens of protesters joined the so-called “marathon”, which is expected to pass through "Tsar Liberator" boulevard, "Vasil Levski" boulevard, "Oborishte" street, the north side of the "Alexander Nevsky" cathedral, "Rakovski" street, and back to "Tsar Liberator" boulevard. The event, organized under the motto “We are running for Bulgaria, and not from it”, intends to show that protesters are not tired after more than five weeks of demonstrations.

The series of the peaceful, but mass and persisting anti-government protests in Bulgaria was triggered by the scandalous appointment of media mogul Delyan Peevski as Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS) on June 14.

Although the appointment was revoked, the people went on to demand that the Socialist-endorsed cabinet of Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, resign collectively over ties with oligarchs.

Several foreign Ambassadors, including those of France, Germany and the Netherlands, have warned the Bulgarian government that the oligarchic model is incompatible with EU membership. European Justice and Fundamental Rights Commissioner Viviane Reding has also expressed support for the ongoing protests.

Despite the protests, the Bulgarian Parliament elected Friday another controversial official, Vladimir Pisanchev, to lead DANS.

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