Bulgaria: Protest Against the Green Certificate Began in front of ParliamentPolitics | January 12, 2022, Wednesday // 13:01| views
BNT @Desislava Kulelieva, @Joana Milanova
A protest against the green certificate began in front of the National Assembly. It is organized by the Vazrazhdane party.
The situation in front of the National Assembly is calm at the moment. People are peacefully defending their demands - the main demand is the drop of the green certificate. Currently, traffic on Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd. is blocked.
On Facebook, protest organizers explained that the demonstration was directed against the "green certificate and compulsory vaccination" - measures the organizers call discriminatory, anti-human, and restrictive.
There is a video wall next to the Tsar Osvoboditel monument. According to unofficial information, the leader of Vazrazhdane is expected to speak to the protesters via video link, as he has been placed under quarantine.
"Our demands are to regain our normalcy, not to discriminate against us and to call us anti-vaxxers, to release us and our children, to live normally, that's what we want," said one of the protesters.
"Let the green certificate be abolished because it's not normal to live likes this. Nowadays we have to worry about going out in the street, to the store, to school...not to mention any other establishment," said another protester.
In protest, people lit medical masks.
In the morning block of the Bulgarian National Television, the topic was commented on by the chairman of the health commission Assoc. Prof. Anton Tonev:
"A country where one can go out and protest against something they disagree with is a good example of democracy and a democratic state. People will be able to go out today, express their views and we will hear them, we will see them. I don't want to comment specifically on the people from the "Vazrazhdane" party, because this weekend they found themselves in a very difficult situation, you know that there was a journalistic investigation, which found that some members of the party are with green certificates, even some are vaccinated, but that hasn't stopped them from speaking out."
People from all over the country arrived for the protest.
Protesters from Varna told media about a curious case after they left their city and started driving to Sofia. According to their statements, the police pulled them over and started doing drug tests on the drivers. Four gave positive samples, initially, and on re-testing the samples were negative.
Protesters say that the testing delayed them for more than an hour, which was probably the reason they were stopped in the first place.
There has been an increased police presence in the area around the National Assembly since the morning. Yesterday, the police called for the protest to take place calmly.
/BNT, Photos: Desislava Kulelieva, Joana Milanova
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