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Mass Protest against Monopolies Sweep Bulgaria's Capital

Society | February 17, 2013, Sunday // 13:57| Views: 2002 | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria: Mass Protest against Monopolies Sweep Bulgaria's Capital The protesters were chanting "mafia" under the windows of the economy ministry building blockading traffic on the Rakosvki Str. Photo by BGNES

Tens of thousands hit the streets in Bulgaria's capital Sofia on Sunday against the excesses of power and heating utilities in a continuation of recent wave of protests over high electricity and heating bills.

The rally was staged at Bulgaria's Economy Ministry, with participating protesters of all ages, including mothers with young kid.

The protesters were chanting "mafia" under the windows of the ministry building blockading traffic on the Rakosvki Str.

The demonstrators demand the nationalization of Bulgaria's three power utilities – CEZ, EVN, and Energo-Pro, with the National Electric Company NEK assuming their responsibilities, the publication of all secret contracts in Bulgaria's energy sector, holding those who signed secret energy contracts responsible, abolishing NEK's obligation to buy out any produced electricity, as well as individual contracts with Sofia heating utility Toplofikatsiya that can be terminated on a month's notice.

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