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Bulgarian Interior Min Says Anti-Govt Protests 'Political'

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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Interior Min Says Anti-Govt Protests 'Political' Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev has once again criticized the ongoing anti-government protests in the country, describing them as “political.”

“The fact that citizens take part in the protests does not mean that the protests are civil,” Yovchev told reporters on Monday, accusing the demonstrators of not being willing to participate in a dialogue.

Commenting on the popular university protest movement, the Interior Minister claimed that “everyone knows who stands behind the students.”

Yochev warned that “political extremism” exists in the country, stating that riot police have been victims of “uncalled-for aggression” during the protests.

Protesters against the Socialist-led cabinet first walked out, June 14, after the appointment of controversial media mogul Delyan Peevski for head of Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security. The rallies attracted dozens of thousands of anti-corruption protesters for a number of days.

Peevski's reinstatement as MP after his resignation from the Security Agency provoked a student occupation at Sofia University in October.

Rallies, though smaller in numbers, are still held every evening in downtown Sofia.

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Irlandets - 17 Dec 2013 // 23:06:45


I am Irish living in London and visited Sofia 3 times in 2013.

I felt really safe there.

On the protests - I was there in October - I had to look to find the protestors - I think the news overstates the issue.

I also noticed that there was a lot of Bulgarian Grendarme - specialist riot Police in the area - who are able to deal with riots easily. I'm Irish and we look out for these things given our history.

Looking at the media things could get worse.

When I go to Sofia I stay in hotels in the suburbs, there are plenty of taxis in Sofia, they are cheap and fast, the roads may have some potholes but the taxi drivers drive around them.

I think as an American you will be very safe in Sofia but if you could get a hotel away from the Parliament area it will reduce your risk as traffice might get blocked.

The very best of luck to your wife, you and the little boy.

Happy Christmas.

American - 17 Dec 2013 // 22:38:09

Can anyone give me a sense of the safety for an American staying downtown during the protests? My wife and I are scheduled to stay in Sofia the week of Jan 5th - 11th and are considering changing our hotel to stay away from the capitol square.

We are coming for the adoption of a little boy and are praying that our adoption process isn't affected by the unrest.

Any advice is appreciated.

Optimistic - 16 Dec 2013 // 22:08:51

The protests are Anti Democracy and Anti the Republic of Bulgaria.

Throwing lighted torches at Parliament show that these people have no respect for Democracy or the Bulgarian Republic they are facists.

On the bright side, they are only a small number of stupid people who are incapable of forming a political agenda so they do what their Facist GERB bosses pay them to do.

Agent Piccadilly - 16 Dec 2013 // 19:57:36

Yovchev is 100% correct. These so called protestors are just GERB stooges, who have desperately worked for months to destabilize and bring down the regime. Everyone involved should be arrested and the hateful and despicable nature of these anti-party, anti-state, counter revolutionary and unpopular crimes will no doubt be fully disclosed in the course of their trials.

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