Thousands of Bulgarians Rise on Anti-Cabinet 'March of Justice'

Society | November 10, 2013, Sunday // 20:47|  views

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At least 3 people were detained Sunday as thousands marched in the streets of Bulgarian capital Sofia to request the resignation of Bulgarian PM Plamen Oresharski.

Protesters chose the symbolic date November 10 to show their exasperation at the lack of morality in Bulgarian politics, 24 years after the fall of the communist regime in Bulgaria.

Sunday is the 150th day since protesters against the Oresharski cabinet first walked out, June 14, after the appointment of controversial media mogul Delyan Peevski for head of Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security.

Peevski's reinstatement as MP after his resignation from the Security Agency provoked a student occupation at Sofia University, which culminated in Sunday's "March of Justice."

Protesters have claimed that the Oresharski cabinet, backed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms exemplifies in an acute form the deep influence of the so-called Bulgarian oligarchy on politics.

Assembled in front of the main building of Bulgaria's oldest institution of higher learning Sunday around noon, students and professors demanded solidarity among Bulgarians and responsibility from politicians.

The rally, joined by several thousand ordinary citizens, then proceeded to the nearby house of Parliament and blocked central intersections and road arteries, such as the Tsarigradsko Shosse Blvd - a flashback to summer 2014 and early 1990s protests.

Some protesters carried - and burned - zombie-like images of PM Oresharski, while others staged a performance in which Oresharski submits his resignation.

At other locations, protesters burned billboards of far right nationalist party Ataka in protest against their xenophobia and tacit support for the cabinet.

Ralliers also briefly blocked PES and Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev in a TV studio, where he had been giving an interview.

In the evening, around two thousand gathered for a concert in front of St. Alexander Nevsky cathedral, which featured pop and rock performers famous for their songs at 1990s rallies.

Some protesters called for a blockade of Parliament, which however did not transpire.

Although the police said they had information that violence is possible Sunday evening, the protest ended peacefully before 9 pm local time, with small groups of people lingering around parliament.

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Tags: Sergey Stanishev, PES, State Agency for National Security, Delyan Peevski, Plamen Oresharski, Bulgarian Socialist Party, communist, Ataka, Movement for Rights and Freedoms, protest, Sofia University, police, xenophobia, students


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