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8000 Police Officers Dispatched to Sofia since June to Guard Protests

Politics | December 13, 2013, Friday // 17:14| Views: 887 | Comments: 1
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Bulgaria: 8000 Police Officers Dispatched to Sofia since June to Guard Protests Bulgaria's Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev, photo by BGNES

Around 8000 police officers have been dispatched to Sofia since June in connection with the ongoing protests, according to Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev.

The ongoing protests against the socialist-led coalition government started in June, in response to the appointment of controversial media mogul Delyan Peevski as a head of the State Agency for National Security (DANS).

Speaking in Parliament on Friday, Yovchev made clear that the costs for business trips by the respective local directorates of the Interior and the overtime costs amounted to BGN 234 882.

"The total amount of the extra costs of the Interior Ministry related to guarding the civic protests in Sofia stands at BGN 1 834 243. This sum includes the cost of overnight stays of a total of 700 officers of the Interior. They were sent on business trips to secure public order in Sofia," he added, as cited by Darik radio.

He also reported that the cost of overnight stay of a police officer dispatched to Sofia came in at BGN 25-33.

Yovchev pointed out that the hotels had been selected on the basis of the lowest price offer and on the possibilities for dispatching the police officers to the respective sites, adding that overnight stays worth BGN 25 per person per day, breakfast included, in twin rooms at the Rodina hotel, as well as overnight stays worth BGN 33 per person in twin rooms, breakfast included, at the Moskva hotel, had been booked.

He also made clear that a total of 611 border police officers had been dispatched to Elhovo to boost border security.

Yovchev announced that since the launch of the special operation for boosting control at the Bulgarian-Turkish border, extra troops from the National Police Chief Directorate and the District Directorate of the Interior were being sent every 15 days, adding that they were accommodated at a number of hotels where the overnight stay was worth BGN 20 per day.

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Tania Oz - 14 Dec 2013 // 22:01:21

"The total amount of the extra costs of the Interior Ministry related to guarding the civic protests in Sofia stands at BGN 1 834 243."...........Well there you have it folks straight from the horse's mouth. What an obscene amount of public funds they have frittered away in only 6 months, just to keep this deplorable mob of illegitimates in "government", guarded. This is disgusting and nothing short of criminal. And how much more will the total cost be until the next elections? It's no wonder that the Commies/Turks/Blackshirts have borrowed (swindled) 600 million, at this rate they will need it just to "keep public order". Wasteful and shameful on all accounts.

They were sent on business trips to secure public order in Sofia,".............."business trips" OMG don't make me laugh Yovchev! Adding to the economy are they? This is just a paid holiday and a perk for the thousands of Police and Interior Ministry "officers" that you have truckloaded and "dispatched" to Sofia. It's either Sofia or the Gulag.

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