Bulgarians Stage Anti-Govt Rally for 73rd Day
About 300 Bulgarians have taken once again to the streets of the capital Sofia Sunday evening to demand the resignation of the country's government.
The rally was held for a 73rd day in a row in the record-long protest in the country.
The demonstrators against the Socialist-endorsed Cabinet of Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, gathered once again on Independence square in front of the Council of Ministers building.
Initially they were 100, but later the number has grown to 300.
As usual they held banners and national flags and shouted very loudly "mafia," "elections" and "resignation."
Some brought the now-traditional sign that reads: "The Days of Anger Are Looming."
Independence square and "Dondukov" boulevard were blocked for traffic. There was riot police presence.
Before the traffic blockade, passing drivers honked in demonstration of support.
The demonstrators marched on their usual route to the building of the Parliament. They stopped briefly by the small store "Krusha" (Pear), which was destroyed last weekend during the blast at the nearby Chinese restaurant. They are organizing a charity drive for it.
"Krusha" won the hearts of the demonstrators since the very start of the protests as it always offered them discounts.
There were no fences around the building of the Parliament, but it was guarded by police, who banned the demonstrators from walking around it on grounds that "these were they orders."
The rally ended around 9 pm.
The series of relentless and mass rallies, at times reaching 30-40 000 in Sofia, was triggered by the appointment of notorious media mogul and lawmaker Delyan Peevski as Head of the State Agency for National Security (DANS) back on June 14.
The protesters were not appeased by the subsequent cancellation of the decision and went on to demand the resignation of the Socialist-led cabinet over ties with oligarchs and a number of controversial appointments.
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