Eagles Bridge Protesters Named Bulgaria's 'Human of the Year'
The people who gathered in downtown Sofia to protest a controversial forestry act in June have been collectively named the country's Human of the Year by a Bulgarian human rights NGO.
The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee believes the protesters managed to mobilize themselves against a government that was abusing its power in favor of private interests, thus violating the core principles of representative democracy.
The rallies carried out at Eagles Bridge (Orlov Most) in the Bulgarian capital gathered thousands of people.
Besides the Forestry Act, ralliers, who on three consecutive days June 13-15 managed to block traffic at the central Sofia intersection, have protested what they see as deep flaws in Bulgarian political life.
In particular, they saw the new legislation as intended to service the interests of particular companies in the tourism and lumber industries.
A total of 33 people and organizations were nominated for this year's Human of the Year award. The list included journalists, environmental activists, LGBT rights activists and animal welfare organizations, among others.
- » Abundant Rainfall Causes Flooding in Bulgaria's Kazanlak
- » Earthquake near Sandanski Jolts Southwestern Bulgaria
- » Heavy Rains, Thunderstorms Expected in Western Bulgaria on Friday
- » Bulgaria's Weather Service Issues Rain, Thunderstorm Warning
- » Divers Get 1 T of Waste Out of Waters Near St Anastasia Island
- » State of Emergency Declared in Bulgaria’s Northwest Due to Overflowing Dams