2 Protesters Remain Locked in Bulgaria's Southwestern University

Domestic | December 24, 2013, Tuesday // 13:23|  views

"Occupation", banners say at Bulgaria's Southwestern University. Photo by Facebook

Two protesting students remain locked inside one of the lecture halls of the Southwestern University in Bulgaria’s Blagoevgrad.

The students, who are demanding the resignation of Bulgaria’s embattled government over graft allegations, are allowed to leave the university’s building – but would not be allowed to return and renew their occupation until January 13.

The protesters have said they would not leave the lecture hall.

Upon learning that police have entered the building, protesting students from Sofia arrived in Blagoevgrad on Monday to express their support for their colleagues’ occupation.

Protesters against the Socialist-led 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. The rallies attracted dozens of thousands of anti-corruption protesters for a number of days.

Peevski's reinstatement as MP after his resignation from the Security Agency provoked a student occupation at Sofia University in October. Several other universities were also occupied.

Rallies, though smaller in numbers, are still held every evening in downtown Sofia.

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Tags: Southwestern University, Blagoevgrad, students, anti-government


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