Hundreds of Bulgarians Stage Anti-Govt Rally for 144th Day

Domestic | November 4, 2013, Monday // 20:39|  views

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Hundreds of Bulgarians joined a fresh protest rally against the country’s embattled government on Monday evening.

As in the past several days, part of the protesters gathered in front of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, blocking an intersection and expressing their support for the protesting students who have occupied the university’s main building for almost two weeks now.

The other group of demonstrators started their rally in front of the Council of Ministers building and later reached Sofia University.

Th ongoing occupation of university buildings across the country has injected new life into a persistent anti-government movement, which entered its 144th day on Monday. -

The university occupation movement was 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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