Bulgarian Protesters Join Ukrainans in Fight against 'Bloodthirsty Monster'
Two groups of Bulgarian protesters, who since June have been demanding the resignation of the Bulgarian cabinet, are sending envoys to consolidate efforts with Ukrainian counterparts.
Students who in October occupied the main building of the Sofia University have sent three representatives, saying the visit is coordinated with students in Kiev.
"Our colleagues will bring with themselves their symbols and messages. They will also bring a declaration in support of our Ukrainian fellows, after which we hope to coordinate common actions," said Bulgarian student representative Ivaylo Dinev.
On their part, the so-called Protest Network, which has been coordinating anti-cabinet rallies in Bulgaria, will be sending two additional envoys, blogger Ivo Bozhkov and political scientist Vasil Garnizov.
"A quarter of a century ago Ukrainians and Bulgarians escaped the hands of Soviet occupation. Since then, we have been walking a common thorny path. Know that we see you as brothers!" reads a statement by the Protest Nework.
"We both have against us one and the same bloodthirsty monster, which again rears its hands to snatch our most precious - our Freedom! Fight bravely, fight to the end, don't give up!" say the Bulgarian protesters.
The declaration does not explicitly specify the identity of the "bloodthirsty monster" it invokes.
For more than one week now, Ukraine has been gripped by violent rallies in protest against the government's giving up of a planned Association Agreement with the EU.
Many Ukrainians perceive the decision as shutting the door to European integration and binding their country in an ever closer union with Russia.
Bulgarian protests are directed against the influence of the oligarchy on politics, and started after a highly controversial appointment for head of national security.
But the rallies, directed against a cabinet supported by the Bulgarian Socialist Party, also integrated "anti-communist" slogans and an opposition to an alleged unwanted lingering influence of Russia on Bulgarian political and economic life.
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