Bulgarian President Calls on Anti-Govt Protesters, Police to Remain Peaceful

Domestic | July 24, 2013, Wednesday // 08:56|  views

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has urged anti-government protesters to remain peaceful and civilized.

Plavneliev’s statement came amid clashes between riot police and demonstrators late on Tuesday.

“For the first time since the protests began, we witnessed tensions and provocation attempts,” the President said, calling on protesters to abstain from actions that would lead to an escalation of tensions and public order disturbance.

He also urged police to remain calm and put all efforts into keeping the protests peaceful.

Tuesday marked the 40th straight day of mass protests against Bulgaria’s Socialist-led government – and for the first time, police clashed with demonstrators.

Some 10 people were injured, the Bulgarian National Radio says. No serious injuries have been reported.

The series of rallies was triggered by the appointment of notorious media mogul Delyan Peevski as Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS) back on June 14, but the protesters were not appeased by the subsequent cancellation of the decision and went on to demand the resignation of the Socialist-led cabinet over ties with oligarchs.

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