Students Block Sofia Ring-Road in Anti-Govt Protest

Domestic | October 29, 2013, Tuesday // 12:20|  views

New Bulgarian University is a private college in Sofia, photo

Protesting students from the Sofia-based New Bulgarian University briefly blocked on Tuesday the Bulgarian capital’s ring-road.

The students thus expressed their support for their colleagues who have blocked access to Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" since last week, demanding the dissolution of Parliament and calling for new elections.

The protests were triggered by the Constitutional Court’s controversial decision to confirm the status of notorious media mogul Delyan Peevski as Member of Parliament earlier in October.

On June 14, Peevski was elected and swore in as chair of Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security, a move that prompted massive anti-corruption protests in EU’s poorest member state.

The appointment was canceled, but protesters proceeded to demand the government’s resignation over its suspected ties with oligarchs. The demonstrations were later fueled by a number of other controversial appointments and by wider concerns about corruption.

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