Bulgarian Interior Min Says Bracing for Tensions as MPs Set to Return to Work
Bulgaria’s Interior Minister has said he has information that attempts to “escalate tensions” may occur as the country’s embattled lawmakers are to return to work Wednesday after a prolonged summer break.
Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev has vowed to secure public order on Wednesday, when a massive anti-government protest is expected to be staged in Sofia.
Yovchev called upon the protesters to continue behaving in a civilized manner.
“Police will continue acting as they have done so far,” he said, praising police officers for reacting adequately for provocations.
“I also want to thank the protesters, the majority of whom are behaving in a civilized way,” the Interior Minister told the Bulgarian National Television on Monday.
Anti-government rallies in Sofia subsided in August, as the country’s lawmakers voted themselves a prolonged summer break amid tensions at the end of July.
But thousands have pledged on Facebook to attend a major rally on Wednesday when MPs come back to work.
The series of relentless and mass rallies, at times reaching 20 000 and even 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 ongoing protests were fueled by a number of other controversial appointments and wider concerns about corruption.
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