'Out of Ukraine' Flashmob Held in front of Russian Embassy in Sofia

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Bulgaria: 'Out of Ukraine' Flashmob Held in front of Russian Embassy in Sofia The Russian Embassy in Sofia, photo by bnr.bg

A demonstration in support of the new Ukrainian government was held in front of Russia's Embassy in Sofia.

The flashmob, attended by some 15 people, was organized by the United People's Party of Maria Kapon, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR).

The activists carried a poster saying "Out of Ukraine" colored in yellow and blue, the Ukrainian flag, and a pile of shoes which they ordered in front of the Embassy building. Some of the shoes were filled with yellow and blue flowers to commemorate the victims of the violent clashes in Kiev's Independence Square.

Maria Kapon said that the aim of the demonstration  had been to express concern over the actions of the Russian government, with no negative feelings against the Russian people.

"We believe that this flashmob has to show that Russia has to step in its shoes and walk out of Ukraine," she added.

Kapon argued that turning a blind eye to the events in Ukraine meant that Bulgaria could not rely upon solidarity no matter what happened from now on.

She said that Bulgaria's President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister had come up with a civilized and dignified stance on the crisis in Ukraine.

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#17
Optimistic - 11 Mar 2014 // 14:23:51

John Doe, great to see that you rested your case without making a case.

The sequence of events is:

The Ukraine Government was attacked and ousted by violent protestors.

The elected leader of the Ukraine asked Russia for help to protect the people.

The Russian leader asked his government to authorize the use of Russian troops to protect Ukrainians. This authorization was approved.

Russia has bases in the Crimea and Russian soldiers are helping Crimean self defense groups keep people safe as well as they can.

The Crimean parliament voted to hold a referendum on the future of the political alignment of the Crimea.
France was requested to provide similar help in Malawi to protect people from violence and Scotland is holding a referendum on its destiny.

No laws have been broken by the Crimea and Russia.

They are following legal and democratic processes and examples of accepted behavior by France and Scotland.

#16
sa-sha - 11 Mar 2014 // 11:13:31

...;-)..."ad 4) I rest my case"-----why not? Everybody has the right "to rest his case" or, say, to speak his language. Isn't it the main?

#15
John Doe - 11 Mar 2014 // 11:02:34

ad 1) Georgia, Moldavia etc....
ad 2) thanks for confirming my point "...peaceful and consensual means"
ad 3) the only people who get beaten up, are protesters against the occupation
ad 4) I rest my case

#14
sa-sha - 11 Mar 2014 // 10:37:21

The author "John Doe" continues to amaze:
(1) "The free world" = those who can, at their sole discretion, punish and kill (Serbia, Irak, Afghan, Libya)? Great.
(2) "Russia...in 1994, undertook..." ---wake up, "author"! In conformity with The Trilateral Statement (signed in Moscow, January,14,1994) the presidents of USA and Russia "reaffirm[ed] their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the CSCE Final Act, to respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of the CSCE member states and recognize that border changes can be made only by peaceful and consensual means". Not "Russia", but USA and Russia, BOTH "reaffirmed". Clear!? And just the headed by USA "free world" was №1 who cinically violated in 1999 the above "reaffirmation"(intervention in Yougoslavia).
(3)"alleged[!?] threat of Russian populations"---if the "author" asks for links, I'll submit them.
(4)"and what is this: a Russian Ukrainian?"---nice question! It's what a huge part of people in Ukraine speak about themselves: "Мы-русские украинцы. Мы говорили и будем говорить на русском языке."

#13
Optimistic - 10 Mar 2014 // 22:31:06

Yes there are armed gangs on both sides so that provides balance.

10 days is long enough, people probably have their minds made up already.

I guess what we dont see is the plan to protect the Crimea when they make that decision.

NATO is stepping up military flights in eastern europe, the Crimea needs to be ready to protect themselves.

#12
independent - 10 Mar 2014 // 21:37:45

You can't have a reasoned discussion and a free referendum within 10 days (especially if one side has armed gangs/locals/in reality Russian army) if one side is not free to express themselves without fear of election.

#11
Optimistic - 10 Mar 2014 // 15:58:33

The elected leaders of the automonous Republic of Crimea voted to hold a referendum on the destinity of their country.

The Crimean people will decide.

Scotland is having a referendum soon on whether it should remain part of the UK or become a seperate country. Only Scottish people will be voting in that referendum not the whole population of the UK.

It these principles apply for Scotland in international law then the same applies to the Crimea.

#10
Behemoth - 10 Mar 2014 // 14:55:21

John Doe,

you make two very good points here: first, Russia is not only breaking accepted principles of international law but also existing internationally binding agreements and puts itself on the level of a "Rogue State". Second: those in Bulgaria who applaud the Russian aggression in the Crimea invite Turkey to invade the Rhodopes and other regions in Bulgaria that are inhabited by ethnic Turks. These people are therefore traitors and should be treated accordingly.

#9
John Doe - 10 Mar 2014 // 14:50:28

It is a pathetic spectacle , and the free world is watching in horror, because things are clear: the Russian Federation in 1994, undertook a contractual obligation in return for nuclear disarmament of Ukraine to ensure " independence, sovereignty and existing borders" of the country and to each threat or use of force against the " territorial integrity and political independence " to do without. For the blatant breach of this assurance there is no justification .The trying of Russia 's alleged threat of Russian populations or even the Base of the Navy in Ukraine is pure propaganda . It is also irrelevant the argument that the current Ukrainian government is not legitimate. Even if you shared this point of view, that would be a problem that in the coming elections , the Ukrainians have to solve themselves. Funny is that Russia, with regards of the Crimea exclaims the self -determination of peoples – one might remembers that the country has fought against secession , for example in Chechnya by any means. And what is this: a Russian Ukrainian? Are the Pomakes, turkisch Bulgarians? So Turkey can invade Bulgaria without consequences?

#8
sa-sha - 10 Mar 2014 // 11:38:39

To John Doe: look, John, does the brain participate in Your texting? The real "unforgiving crime" is ABSOLUTELY anti-constitutional and unlawful Coup d'Etat in Ukraine (February, 21), + Ultra-nationalist Yarosh and his Right Sector, who more and more runs show in Ukraine, + 300 soldiers of fortune (not from Russia, btw, but from USA) who are already in Ukraine, + massive arrests of all those in South-Eastern regions who PEACEFULLY protest against "new authorities" in Kiev, + providing the above Right Sector' fighters with arms and sending them to the South-Eastern regions and to the border with Crimea. These bandits who proclaimed themselves "new authorities of Ukraine", they prepare military attack on Crimea, they prepare it right now. Stop Your hysteria, John, and follow not propaganda but the events.

#7
Yane - 10 Mar 2014 // 00:42:36

15 people? Aaaahaahaha! Pathetic! I guess Seedy counts as 2 people, he's so fat.

#6
Vladimir K. - 9 Mar 2014 // 23:49:29

Amuses me how several huge pro Russian demonstrations are not reported but a small childrens playday out consisting of only 15 people is? Mystery!

#5
Behemoth - 9 Mar 2014 // 23:21:13

Optimistic,

as usual, a very "intelligent" remark by you. Now let me see: a foreign country is invading its neighbor country in order to "protect" its citizens there and then it organizes a "free and democratic" (hahahaha) referendum.

Ok, let's see if you like that also when the Turkish army invades the Rhodopes, and the Oblasts Shumen, Razgrad, Targovishte on exactly the same pretext as the Russians invaded the Crimea.

ROFL

#4
An American - 9 Mar 2014 // 23:17:43

15 people? Not much of a "flashmob". Perhaps they wished to play basketball.

#3
Optimistic - 9 Mar 2014 // 23:08:58

Crimea is holding a referendum on its destinity, they have the right to choose their destinity.

We need to await the result of the referendum, and hopefully the Crimean people can pacefully follow the direction they want to go.