Marginal Bulgarian Conservatives Vow to Stop ACTA

Politics » DOMESTIC | February 12, 2012, Sunday // 14:42
Bulgaria: Marginal Bulgarian Conservatives Vow to Stop ACTA Thousands marched through downtown Bulgarian capital Sofia and a number of cities across the country to protest the ACTA agreement over fears it would severely violate internet freedoms. Photo by BTA

Bulgaria's marginal conservative Law, Order and Justice (RZS) party has declared it will not support the potential ratification of the controversial ACTA trade agreement in the country's Parliament.

In an official statement, RZS has described the requirement for Internet Service Providers to follow the users' activity as "cynical", predicting that " a net of virtual cops" will be created once the agreement is enforced.

According to the party, ACTA has been supported by "individuals who are connected to the big international movie and music industry corporations, including their lobbyists in the state institutions."

The left-wing oppositional Bulgarian Socialist Party is also expected to oppose ACTA's ratification in the Bulgarian Parliament.

Thousands of people gathered in downtown Sofia Saturday to protest the controversial international Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement, ACTA.

Anywhere between 4000 and 8000 Bulgarians marched in the Bulgarian capital, led by a black sign reading: "АСТА LA VISTA, BABY!"

Similar rallies took place in another 15-16 Bulgarian cities and in 150 cities across Europe Saturday.

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