Sofia Protesters Announce Formation of New Movement
Anti-government protesters in Bulgaria's capital Sofia have announced the formation of a new civic movement.
The movement has been named "Orlov Most for Change." Orlov Most (Eagles' Bridge) is a symbolic Sofia intersection that became the scene of massive protests last month.
One of the protests' organizers, Yanaki Ganchev, declared Saturday that the civic movement will not be transformed into a party and will not take place in the upcoming snap elections.
Some of the nearly 50 protesters who gathered in downtown Sofia on Saturday even told local media that they do not intend to cast ballots.
They have instead called for Election Code amendments.
The movement's main demand is the State getting a loan to up by 10% the minimum monthly wage, wages lower than BGN 500 a month and retirement pensions over high utility bills. Their deadline is July 1, 2013. They are also asking to reduce unemployment by financing various projects.
Hundreds of thousands of Bulgarians have been protesting for nearly a month against the political model of ruling the country. The demonstrations started as protests against the unbearable utility bills, the monopolies and the wide-spread poverty, and later turned into a civil unrest and political demands.
On February 21, Bulgaria's Parliament approved the resignation of the government of Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and his ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, amidst the unprecedented since 1997 protest rallies.
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There is a danger here that this group will remain out of the political system and just stay a protest group. This would be wrong as their motives (currently) are correct and just and very relevent, trouble is that, as time goes on and they remain out of the political arena, their protests will be seen as irrelevant and "just that group again" and they would be easily infiltrated by real trouble makers who definitely do not have the peoples interests at heart. No, if this group is sincere let it fight its corner in the real world of politics, Parliament, gain support for its new voting order (totally unrealistic for the coming election but totally feasible for the next) and see it implemented. One other thing, it is not acceptable for them not to vote in the next election, if you do not vote this may act as a protest but it removes your right (morally) to comment on the outcome and future events. Better to put up a candidate and everyone votes for them.