Bulgarian Parliament under 'Tomato Revolution' Threat
Disgruntled Bulgarians are organizing themselves on social networks to stage a "Tomato Revolution."
The demonstration is going to take place Saturday in support of Bulgarian dissident, poet and publicist, Nikolay Kolev Bosiya (The Barefooted), who may face up to two years behind bars for throwing a tomato at the Parliament as an act of protest against the rampant corruption in the country.
Bosiya recently sent a letter to the Parliament, the President, the Prime Minister, the Supreme Judicial Council, the Bulgarian National Television and the Bulgarian National Radio, threatening to throw tomatoes at their buildings, as he deemed them responsible for the widespread corruption, crime and lack of media freedom in Bulgaria.
He also specified the date and the order of his "tomato assault," saying he would start from the Parliament at 10 am Tuesday.
"I can no longer remain a hostage to hope and good manners. Go to hell!" the letter ends.
Kolev's threat did not go unnoticed and he was anticipated by some 40 police officers as he approached his first target. He was arrested after he threw one tomato.
The "tomato" rally is called for 5 pm Saturday in front of the building of the Parliament.
The "Tomato Revolution" on Facebook is gathering the support of thousands amidst reports of Facebook users that the Interior Ministry has already established emergency headquarters to deal with the threat and 300-strong police force will be used against the demonstrators to prevent possible tons of tomatoes being thrown at the Parliament.
Meanwhile, Members of the Parliament from the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, and the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, clashed over Kolev's arrest.
The leader of BSP, of the party of European Socialists, PES, and former Prime Minister, Sergey Stanishev, read a declaration in Kolev's defense, blaming police for using too much force in sending 40 policemen to arrest him.
"I expect to be accused by GERB of supporting riots and of disparaging institutions. If you plan to arrest all who are outraged by your rule, you will run out of police precincts. You want to control everything – the judiciary, the football fans, everything," said he.
The Deputy Chair of GERB's parliamentary group, Dimitar Glavchev, accused the opposition of "usual exaggeration," denying reports 40 policemen arrested Bosiya.
"Socialists defending a dissident is like Nazi defending Jews," Glavchev mocked.
Nikolay Kolev, 61, was imprisoned several times during the communist regime in Bulgaria (1944-1989) for opposing the communist dictatorship.
Once upon a time their was a Bulgarian Poet who threw a tomato at the Wall of Justice in Sofia,
Some countries have guns, others, human bombs, others Star Wars, grenades but Sofia has Tomatos,
As we can clean the organic tomatos off the Wall of Justice in Sofia, it will become transparent and crystal,
Now I walk the streets of Sofia with my bag of tomatos and a piece of Bulgarian Feta Cheese,
I fear that my tomato and cheese will be seized and I will be arrested without hearing the words of our Bulgarian Poet!l
In this world we have the "American Dream", we need the Bulgarian Dream even if it takes tomatos to establish DIGNITY with QUALITY OF LIFE that brings forth TRANSPARENCY through SOCIAL ORDER.
A Tomato is a passive form of resistance while the Government would like to arrest a citizen and his Bulgarian Tomato.
It seems the Government of Bulgaria will have a red face in shame at the end of this ordeal.