Bulgaria's 86th Anti-Govt Rally Bows to Murdered Dissident Writer
About 300 Bulgarians took once again to the streets of the capital Sofia Saturday evening to demand the resignation of the country's Socialist-led government.
The rally was held for an 86th day in a row in the record-long protest in the country.
The demonstrators against the Cabinet of Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, gathered once again on Independence square in front of the Council of Ministers building.
As usual they held banners and national flags and shouted "mafia," "elections" and "resignation."
For the first time, the rally was not guarded by riot police, only policemen with signs "anti-conflict" walked among the crowd.
The demonstrators marched on their usual route to the building of the Parliament. They stopped there to sing the national anthem and Bulgarian folk songs.
Many held umbrellas to honor the memory of dissident writer Georgi Markov who was murdered by a ricin-coated umbrella in London by the Communist secret services on September 7, 1978.
Later, policemen prevented the demonstrators from blocking the Eagles' Bridge intersection.
The rally dispersed around 8:30 pm.
Anti-government rallies in Sofia have subsided in numbers, but participants remain relentless in their struggle to "topple" the government.
The rallies, at times reaching 20 000 and even 30-40 000 in Sofia, were 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 cabinet over ties with oligarchs and a number of controversial appointments.
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