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The protest rallies against high utility bills and monopolies are continuing Tuesday.

The rallies in downtown Sofia Monday evening were marked by demands for resignation of the Cabinet and clashes with riot police, which continued for over 4 hours with policemen chasing demonstrators on Sofia streets.

The most serious clash happened on the central "Hristo Botev" boulevard where police attacked the crowd with batons. In another incident, shots were fired from a balcony in downtown Sofia. The shooter was arrested and the gas pistol seized.

peterperfect - 19 Feb 2013 // 10:18:01

I am assuming that, as there are no comments on this piece, that everyone is out protesting?? BB will have to get a grip on this otherwise it will be curtains for him in the next election. That begs a question though, who will take over? and what can they do? Allover Europe energy prices are rising, only a few minutes ago I was reading that the Uk are being told to expect "large" rises in energy costs. Maybe competition is the answer, at present, if you are in an EVN area you can only buy energy from EVN, if the grid were a company and supplied electricity as a commodity to the 3 energy suppliers who could draw their customers from anywhere in Bulgaria (ie: we would all choose which supplier to go irrespective of where we lived) then we would have a choice and the suppliers would have to compete.

Chushki - 19 Feb 2013 // 13:49:30

Peter, regarding your question ''who will take over? and what can they do?''

Well, the answer is the same bunch of crooks as before i.e. the Commie-Turk-Witch(Kuneva) coalitionwho are just waiting in the wings, hoping for collective Bulgarian public amnesia so that they get re-elected and can get their dirty hands on the country's money. And as for energy, of course, they have the Belene NPP - which the Commie-Turk-Witch coalition tried to build during their last term but failed due to corruption and incompetence, and tried again recently through the referendum. If they get back into power though there will be nothing preventing them from kickstarting the project - ensuring all their families and sponsors are awarded lucrative construction contracts, whilst the Bulgarian tax-payer (i.e. normal Bulgarians, the ones currently protesting - not the super rich who dont pay any tax) are in debt for decades to come for EUR 10 billion and counting.....

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