Bulgarian Protesters Firm: Gearing up for Sept 4
Rallies against Bulgaria’s Socialist-backed government in the capital Sofia may have reduced sharply, but protesters are bracing up for a showdown at the beginning of September.
Despite forecasts that the rallies will end as Bulgarian lawmakers are now on summer break, demonstrators have been gathering on Independence square in front of the Council of Ministers building every day.
Their number, however, has been much lower, compared to the peak of the protests when up to 20 000 showed up.
But regular participants in the anti-government demonstrations, who set up the so-called “protest network”, said on Monday protests will be back with a vengeance on September 4, when MPs summer recess is over and they will be back to work.
“We call on all citizens, political and public organizations that support the protests against the mafia and its cooperation with the current cabinet to join the great rally on September 4 at 08:00 am in front of the entrances to the Parliament," reads the network’s statement to the media.
“Let 2013 go down in history as the year when a genuine civil society in Bulgaria was born. We owe it to ourselves, our parents and especially our children.”
The series of rallies was triggered by the appointment of notorious media mogul Delyan Peevski as Chair 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.
Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has also demanded the immediate resignation of the country’s embattled cabinet and new snap polls.
Borisov and his center-right government stepped down amid mass protests back in February.
Following weeks without a government, on March 13 Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev announced a caretaker cabinet.
The administration was headed by a diplomat, Marin Raikov, who organized early elections.
Elections were not held for three months, after which in May vote Borisov emerged with a narrow lead.
However opposition parties refused to share power with him and eventually patched together their own coalition.
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