Three Separate Protests Held in Sofia

Society | December 16, 2015, Wednesday // 08:06| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Three Separate Protests Held in Sofia Environmentalists briefly sealed off the Patriarh Evtimiy Blvd before marching to the Parliament's building. Photo by BGNES

A rally over Parliament's decision to reject part of a proposed judicial reform and two other protests were held in Bulgaria's capital Sofia on Tuesday evening.

Supporters of nationalist Ataka party also marched against the visit of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who was in Sofia on Tuesday to meet his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borisov.

Separately, an environmental protest was held, starting from another venue in central Sofia.

The demonstration calling on MPs to accept the full list of judicial reform proposals put forward by former Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov was the seventh in a row since Ivanov stepped down. It comes just before the final lawmakers' vote on the constitutional changes that will allow reform to take place.

Environmentalists for their part vented their anger over deforestation and marched from a major Sofia boulevard to Parliament. Some of them tried to block the crossroads in front of Sofia University, but were stopped by police.

Ataka supporters gathered in front of the Bulgarian National Bank after being denied a request to hold their rally in front of the Turkish Embassy.

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