Radical Anti-Govt Rally in Bulgarian Capital Postponed for January 15
The radical anti-government protest scheduled to take place on Friday in Sofia, Bulgaria, has been postponed for 15 January, when the parliamentary recess will be over.
The Facebook appeals for radicalization of the protest resulted in heavy police presence near the Parliament building, including officers of the security police, traffic police, Gendarmerie, and even counter-terrorism units. Two water cannons for dispersing the crowds were positioned in front of the Parliament building.
Despite the increased police presence, some 50 demonstrators gathered outside the Parliament building.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Yavor Nikiforov, IT teacher, clarified that the radical protest rally had been rescheduled for January 15 so as to coincide with the first workday of Parliament.
Nikiforov urged people to take a leave of absence on the day they intended to join the protest.
He expressed hope that Friday's protest would be a peaceful mass demonstration, adding that the large anti-government rally was to be held on 15 January.
"We wanted to jump over the enclosures around Parliament, but the police had taken measures," Nikiforov explained, as cited by the BGNES news agency.
A police cordon prevented an attempt to stage a road block at Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd.
Meanwhile, allegations started circulating in social media that the news about a radical protest on Friday had been distributed so as to trick Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev into gathering an excessive number of police officers at the site.
The protests seeking the resignation of the Socialist-endorsed Cabinet of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski started on June 14 in response to the scandalous appointment of media mogul Delyan Peevski as Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS).
The rallies continue, despite the fact that the number of protesters has decreased substantially.
- » GERB, BSP Draw Consecutive-Number Ballots for Snap Elections
- » Secretary General of Bulgaria's Interior Ministry To Be Dismissed
- » Bulgarian Court Initiates Trial Against Former Defence Minister
- » Fire Bursts Out in Varna Mall
- » 270 Refugees Evacuated in Harmanli Centre Due To Fire
- » Bulgarians Wishing To Vote Abroad Have One Week Left To Apply
"heavy police presence near the Parliament building, including officers of the security police, traffic police, Gendarmerie, and even counter-terrorism units. Two water cannons for dispersing the crowds were positioned in front of the Parliament building."...............................
Absolutely disgusting! Yovchev is way out of line and over the top taking these "precautionary" measures. He is showing his true colours of being a dictator and terrorist at heart, and all the power he holds as the Minister of Interior and Deputy PM has obviously swollen his ugly head more and more as time goes on. Looks like he is being rewarded very well by the Socialist/Commie Regime to keep everyone suppressed.