Bulgaria Sees Second Day of Protests against New 'FBI' Head, Govt

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria Sees Second Day of Protests against New 'FBI' Head, Govt The protest in Sofia Saturday evening was held once again in front of the Council of Ministers and gathered some 8000 people.Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

New protest rallies took place on Saturday evening in Bulgaria against the election of a controversial young MP as security chief even though he claims he is ready to step down.

The protest in Sofia Saturday evening was held once again in front of the Council of Ministers and gathered some 8000 people.

Smaller-scale protests took place in the bigger cities too.

More than 63 000 people had signed the rally Facebook page.

Just hours earlier on Saturday Delyan Peevski, a controversial media tycoon and member of parliament from the ethnic Turkish party, sent a letter to all media in Bulgaria to announce he was ready to withdraw from the post of Head of Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security (DANS).

"I accepted to carry out the duties of DANS Head on behalf of Bulgarian citizens. Again on their behalf, I am ready to accept a decision of the 42nd General Assembly to revoke my election.

This act is a show of our shared responsibility – mine, of Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, and the leaders of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, and of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, Sergey Stanishev and Lyutvi Mestan," Peevski writes in the letter.

The surprise appointment of Delyan Peevski to head Bulgaria's powerful national security agency DANS on Friday drew fury from the president and brought thousands of protesters to the streets.

Large protest rallies were held Friday evening in Sofia, Varna, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Pazardzhik, Blagoevgrad, and Shumen among others.

According to official data of the police, over 10 000 gathered in the capital.

The rally in Sofia was held under strong police presence with key buildings – of the presidential administration, the government and the parliament, surrounded by metal fences.

Nova TV reported that cell phones have been silenced and internet communication has been very difficult.

Former GERB Regional Minister, Lilyana Pavlova, and former GERB Economy and Energy Minister, Delyan Dobrev, have been spotted among the demonstrators, despite Borisov's "order" banning attendance of popular GERB figures.

Former leader of the right-wing party Union of Democratic Forces, UDF, Martin Dimitrov, also joined the rally, which was reported as peaceful and without incidents.

Demonstrators from all ages, including families with small children, people with their pets, and groups of young people held banners, blew whistles, waved the national colors, and shouted against the mafia, Oresharski, and the leader of BSP, Sergey Stanishev.

The rally later moved to the Parliament and later to the key Eagles' Bridge intersection, which was blocked by the demonstrators.

They did not allow a crew of TV7, a media linked to Peevski, to broadcast footage from the protest, forcing them to move to the balcony of a nearby hotel.

Around 10 pm, the protesting people split with a few staying on Eagles' Bridge and the others returning to the parliament.

The rally ended around midnight Friday.

On Friday, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev canceled his participation in the inauguration of the second Danube Bridge linking Bulgaria and Romania after the shocking election.

He criticized it strongly and urged the parliament to "immediately" retract its decision.
Speaking on public TV Friday evening, the President reiterated his outrage from the move and confirmed he has lifted his trust from the Cabinet "Oresharski."

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Tania OZ - 16 Jun 2013 // 20:08:10

Thanks again sa-sha, but I don't need permission from you or anyone else on when to speak or not.

sa-sha - 16 Jun 2013 // 17:08:11

......and the fresh portion of "wisdomiocy" from Tanya OZ.
First of all I'd like to remark that I turned to Peter and it is merely
impolite to interfere; my note to Peter has NOTHING in common with sage/not sage "advices to Bulgaria"; and-oops!-my country is really
Russia, where "not much has changed in 100 years" (what a splendid "revelation"!) and this last "revelation" does fully confirm the qualification of its author, qualification which nad been accurately described by Einstein: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." Exactly so!

Tania OZ - 16 Jun 2013 // 14:07:21

"Perhaps Bulgaria is about to grow up and take itself into the Normal and Happy life".................................................

sa-sha really, thanks for your sage advice to Bulgaria, but perhaps you could apply that theory to your own country USSR, oops sorry Putin's New Russia. Not much has changed there in 100 years.

Tania OZ - 16 Jun 2013 // 13:55:19

peterperfect, your excellent comment is exactly right.

longliner - 16 Jun 2013 // 13:07:36

What strikes me is that these protesters are so more quiet and disciplined than those that caused Borissov c.s. to step down. A case of educated, hard working people versus unemployed hooligans, out to have a ball on free beer paid for by the Peevskis and their kind?

sa-sha - 16 Jun 2013 // 09:59:08

Peter, let me offer a bit different formula: "Perhaps Bulgaria is about to grow up and take itself into the Normal and Happy life".

peterperfect - 16 Jun 2013 // 08:43:02

The government is receiving a strong message from the people that any Bulgarian government can now only rule with the consent of the people. The days of "fooling some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time" are over and the people are watching their government. They must now learn new rules otherwise they will be sent on their way. Perhaps Bulgaria is about to grow up and take itself into the democratic world in reality and not just in name, I do hope so. Beware ALL politicians, learn this lesson now, the age of the dinosaurs is over the age of the free man dawns.

Tania OZ - 16 Jun 2013 // 05:30:37

Yes, everyone is outraged by having being pushed too far and there is no turning back now with the civil unrest and it will continue and grow. Bulgarians may be complacent but they are not idiots.

I wrote recently (31st May) that I seriously doubt this new and "expert government" will work out and it won't take long before they start mauling eachother like savage dogs. Well it has started already. Appointing this slob Peevski has been a blessing in disguise. This farce of a government has already started to self destruct and is self imploding at record breaking speed. Good!!! Oresharski, Stanishev, Mestan and Siderov have written their own death warrant.




sandi - 15 Jun 2013 // 20:46:40

If half of those people protesting today, would have gone voting when they had the possibility, the outcome might have been different.
Bulgarians complain but hardly ever take actions to change things

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