Bulgarian Moms Protest Low State Allowances

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Bulgarian Moms Protest Low State Allowances Hundreds of mothers and their children from the second-biggest town of Plovdiv protested against the low child support allowances they receive from the government. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia News Agency)

Hundreds of mothers and soon-to-be moms gathered Thursday before the Parliament in Sofia to protest against the low child support allowances they receive from the government.

In an open letter to Bulgaria's politicians the mothers want a raise in the state-granted aid they receive during the first year of their babies' lives. The monthly allowance should be at least EUR 125, they believe, and single mothers should get about EUR 150 per month.

So far 10,500 women have signed the letter in Internet alone, and the determined mothers are urging even more to sign during the protest before parliament.
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