Bulgaria Environmentalists Waltz in Sign of Protest
Bulgaria's environmentalists waltzed in front of the Ministries Council building in downtown Sofia Thursday to protest against unresolved ecological issues.
The event aimed at focusing public attention on petitions for violations, including preserved parts of the Rila Mountain and the seaside area of Irakli. The petitions are being examined Thursday by the Petition Committee of the European Parliament.
Due to a ban on the rally, the protesters decided to quietly dance one "last waltz" without using signs and posters.
However, their efforts to attract the attention of the Cabinet failed. None of the Ministers appeared or even walked by during the dance. Passing citizens, however, expressed before the media their discontent from the recent ban on rallies before State institutions' buildings or on major roads.
"To impose such measures unilaterally, without a public dialogue equals dictatorship," the demonstrators declared, adding their sole hope was Europe's swift reaction.