Thousands Join 7th Day of Anti-Govt Protests in Bulgaria

Politics » DOMESTIC | June 20, 2013, Thursday // 20:34
Bulgaria: Thousands Join 7th Day of Anti-Govt Protests in Bulgaria Bulgarians have been protestiong against their government for seven days now. Photo by BGNES

Thousands of people took to the streets of Bulgaria’s capital Sofia on Thursday to protest against the Socialist-led government of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.

Like in previous days, the rally has been peaceful. Protesters have been chanting “Resignation!”

Parallel rallies have been announced in a total of 18 Bulgarian cities, as well as in Paris and Brussels.

At 7 pm local time, protesters turned to the Presidential Palace in downtown Sofia and gave a round of applause in support of President Rosen Plevneliev.

Plevneliev has opposed the outrageous appointment of controversial businessman Delyan Peevski as head of national security, which triggered the massive anti-government protests last Friday. The President held a sitting of the Consultative Council for National Security on the matter on Thursday.

Nationalist leader Volen Siderov attempted to sabotage the sitting by shouting accusations at Plevneliev.

The other move which raised a few eyebrows on Thursday was that of former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who claimed Peevski’s appointment was part of a “murder plot” against Borisov.

On Wednesday Bulgaria’s Parliament retracted the appointment of Peevski as head of the State Agency for National Security (DANS). The move however has failed to appease protesters, who have called for the government’s resignation.

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Tags: protests, Delyan Peevski, Plamen Oresharski, State Agency for National Security, DANS, parliament, Rosen Plevneliev, Volen Siderov, Boyko Borisov, protesters
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