Bulgarians Abroad Join Famous Hunger Striker Back Home
Bulgarians living abroad have started a hunger strike to support Edvin Sugarev, a poet, intellectual and former MP of the right-wing Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) party, who is protesting against the socialist-led government.
“This is something we have to do because in Germany there is not enough information about what is going on in Bulgaria. I also feel an urge to show in this way that we care and are still connected with Bulgaria’s fate,” explained author Milen Radev, who lives in Germany.
Sugarev has firmly refused to end his hunger strike despite the personal intervention of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.
As he launched his protest at the end of last month Sugarev said he was ready to starve to death in his protest.
The hunger strike, during which Sugarev will only be drinking water, is not the first protest of this kind for him. In 1993 he went on a hunger strike against then-President Zhelyo Zhelev, stirring controversy among right-wingers.
"Go in peace, Mr. Prime Minister! For a 12th consecutive day, thousands of Bulgarians have demanded your resignation, and you keep pretending you are not hearing their voices coming from below the windows of your office, that you do not understand their demands, and you cannot feel their insistence," Sugarev declared in an open letter to the media.
Sugarev accused Oresherski of pursuing opaque policies and of manipulating people into thinking that Bulgaria will descend into chaos if the government was ousted.
He drew attention to the ties of the Oresharski cabinet with oligarchs, comparing the current government to the government headed by the deceased Professor Lyuben Berov.
He went on to list all of Oresharski's inadequate appointments, including that of notorious media tycoon Delyan Peevski as head of the State Agency for National Security, DANS, that of Ivan Ivanov, whose ties with the organized criminal group SIC were exposed last week, as Deputy Interior Minister, and Foreign Minister Kristiyan Vigenin, who vowed to reinstate former collaborators of the communist-era State Security (DS) at diplomatic posts.
Sugarev concluded that the program of the Oresharski cabinet offered generous promises of "meager social bonuses."
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