Bulgaria Braces for New Round of Mass Protests

Society | March 27, 2011, Sunday // 11:37| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria Braces for New Round of Mass Protests: Bulgaria Braces for New Round of Mass Protests Two weeks ago several major Bulgarian cities saw car marches against the rising fuel prices. One of the key road junctions in Sofia, Orlov Most ("Eagle's Bridge") was blockaded by a rally. Photo by BGNES

The second nationwide protest rally against the skyrocketing fuel prices is being held in Bulgaria Sunday and starts at 1 pm, organizers announce.

The demonstrators insist that all political parties in the country take urgent measures to immediately tame the prices and bring them down to "reasonable" levels by reducing the profits of the Lukoil Bulgaria company, owner of the only oil refinery in the Black Sea city of Burgas.

Lukoil and the cabinet signed last week an agreement to freeze retail prices of gasoline and diesel for a month, but the company still upped wholesale prices while some gas stations, not owned by Lukoil, are not adhering to the agreement.

Two weeks ago, citizens, organized by internet social networks, staged mass rallies and blockades.

Rallies will be held Sunday in the capital Sofia, Burgas, the other Black Sea city of Varna, and the second largest city of Plovdiv, among others.

Meanwhile, Bulgaria farmers from the southeastern Strandzha Mountain region also announced they are going to protest Sunday against the mass slaughter of 700 cattle and sheep, according to their estimates, over fears of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

The farmers demand vaccines against FMD instead and say they are outraged because those whose animals have already been put down have received only BGN 900 per animal in compensations instead of the promised BGN 1 900.

A protest will be further held in the Sofia suburb of Busmantsi in front of the building used for temporary housing of foreign citizens under the motto "There Are No Illegal Human Beings."

The demonstrators demand freedom for all foreigners who have not been convicted of a crime; providing adequate shelter for all who have requested refugee status; alleviating the immigration procedure; closing the Busmantsi facility, and free movement of people.

Society » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: rallies, Lukoil Bulgaria, Lukoil, fuel prices, fuel, demonstrators, rally, Strandzha, refugee, immigration, foreigners, citizens, foreign, Busmantsi, fmd
Advertisement
Advertisement
Expats.bg All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria