Bulgarian Protesters Warn PM of Upcoming Riots

Society | August 9, 2013, Friday // 19:07| Views: 1640 | Comments: 2
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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Protesters Warn PM of Upcoming Riots Bulgarian PM Plamen Oresharski (R) and Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev (L) speaking after the meeting Fridady. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian PM Plamen Oresharski and cabinet members held a controversial meeting with protesters at the Council of Ministers Friday.

The meeting comes against the backdrop of more than 50 days of large street protests in Sofia demanding Oresharski's resignation after a string of questionable appointments, as well as smaller rallies supporting the cabinet.

Friday Oresharski met with groups representing both rallies, but many anti-cabinet activists declined to be present at the meeting, staying firm on their bid not to negotiate with the government.

They also argued that those who were at the meeting were not genuine protesters and were part of a cabinet plan to simulate dialogue.

At the same time, anti-cabinet protesters warned that there is an ongoing preparation for the staging of riots during the special recess sitting of Parliament in upcoming weeks.

Spas Kolev, a representative of the "Free, Able, Strong" informal organization, vowed that most of anti-cabinet protesters wish to remain peaceful, but adding that they have information suggesting that there are instigators and provokers set to cause new riots.

At the same time, Kolev commended the work of Vice-PM and Minister of Interior Tsvetlin Yovchev for having managed to maintain public order this far.

Protesters discussed with PM Oresharski a number of specific policy questions, which he said he referred for further consideration to the relevant ministers.

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peterperfect - 10 Aug 2013 // 07:35:10

Riot, is an emotive word that instantly conjures up violence, aggressive confrontation, arrests, injury and loss of control. This must be avoided on both sides, these demonstrations have been unique in their lack of violence and for that both sides need to be congratulated. I understand the frustration that is felt by the lack of response from the government but riots are not the answer, far from it. The demonstrators should see the governments wish to talk as a positive step as another vacuum created by an interim government is not a good thing and, until the rules of voting are changed this government should be allowed to govern. When new legislation is in place another round of elections may be the way forward. Both sides, no matter how aggrieved they may feel, should recognise that this situation was the will of the voters and that they should work within it, that is democracy.

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George Zheliazkov - 9 Aug 2013 // 19:42:53

“Spas Kolev, a representative of the "Free, Able, Strong" informal organization, vowed that most of anti-cabinet protesters wish to remain peaceful, but adding that they have information suggesting that there are instigators and provokers set to cause new riots.”
Spase, that’s why Bulgaria is always the poorest country in the EU. Because lazy bums like you just keep on sabotaging the development of the country. You should be working, running a business, making money, creating or inventing something and contributing to the prosperity of the country and to the overall humanity.
Stop those mindless demonstrations, didn’t you just demonstrate against the previous government, didn’t you just vote? Now you continue to demonstrate not realizing that there is nobody else to vote for! First create the parties and then elect them, enough nonsense! (Boy o boy, Bulgarians and democracy…. A never ending revolution. And what about life?!?)
Stop the political friction, stop the mindless destruction, the country needs peace and stability and so do the investors and the economy! Go work lazy bums, go make some money! You became the laughing-stock of the EU.