Bulgaria's Anti-Govt Movement Enters 144th Day, Sofia University under Seige

Society | November 4, 2013, Monday // 10:25
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Anti-Govt Movement Enters 144th Day, Sofia University under Seige Students are staging partial or full blockades at a number of universities in Sofia and across the country, demanding the resignation of the socialist-led government and the dissolution of Parliament. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria’s capital Sofia is still witnessing occupation of university buildings that have injected new life into a persistent anti-government movement, which enters its 144th day on Monday.

Students are staging partial or full blockades at a number of universities in Sofia and across the country, demanding the resignation of the socialist-led government and the dissolution of Parliament.

The initiative was launched by the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", which has had its central building blocked two weeks ago.

No classes are taking place at the central building on Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd and the governing body of the University is in talks with the protesting students to persuade them to lift the blockade.

The protests were triggered by the Constitutional Court's controversial decision to confirm the status of notorious media mogul Delyan Peevski as Member of Parliament earlier in October.

On June 14, Peevski was elected and swore in as chair of Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security, a move that prompted massive anti-corruption protests in EU's poorest member state.

The appointment was canceled, but protesters proceeded to demand the government's resignation over its suspected ties with oligarchs. The demonstrations were later fueled by a number of other controversial appointments and by wider concerns about corruption.

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