Sofia Road Artery Blocked as Bulgarian Students Lead Anti-Cabinet Rally

Society | November 10, 2013, Sunday // 14:58
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Anti-cabinet protesters in Bulgarian capital Sofia have blocked traffic on Sofia's main Tsarigradsko Shosse Blvd Sunday.

Traffic at the Mihai Eminescu and Peyo Yavorov Blvds has also been blocked, with obstructions in the city center too.

As of 3.30 pm local time, traffic on Tsarigradsko Shosse has been halted all the way from Aviation Sq to the Sofia University central building, reported the Sofia Town Hall.

The rally coincides with the 24th anniversary of the fall of the communist regime in Bulgaria, November 10, 1989.

Some protesters see a link between the ills that communism brought to Bulgaria and the current situation, in which PM Plamen Oresharski's cabinet is backed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party.

The protest is a culmination of the student occupation of Sofia University's main building which began in the end of October.

Sunday thousands of students, university professors and ordinary citizens took to the streets of the Bulgarian capital to protest against the perceived lack of morality in Bulgarian politics.

They also carried signs questioning the way the transition period developed in the 1990s.

The march can be seen as a continuation of summer rallies asking for Oresharski's resignation after a string of controversial appointments, which protesters say showed the ill symbiosis of shady business structures and politics in Bulgaria.

Sunday protesters carried posters depicting Oresharski as a zombie, which some of them burned.

Others staged a performance in which a protester dressed as the Bulgarian PM submitted his resignation and this liberated a Bulgaria personified by another protester.

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