Life of Hunger-Striking Bulgarian Poet Not in Danger – Medics

Politics » DOMESTIC | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 12:58
Bulgaria: Life of Hunger-Striking Bulgarian Poet Not in Danger – Medics Bulgarian poet and former lawmaker Edvin Sugarev. File photo

Edvin Sugarev, a prominent Bulgarian poet who has been on a hunger strike against the country’s Socialist-led government, is in a stable condition and his life is currently not in danger, a hospital director has said.

Sugarev was admitted to Alexandrovska hospital’s intensive care unit earlier on Wednesday. The 59-year-old poet has been on a hunger strike for 22 days now.

Alexandrovska hospital head Kostadin Angelov has told the Bulgarian National Radio that Sugarev has been put on an intravenous drip.

Four of the poet’s children declared on Wednesday that they are joining his hunger strike.

Earlier this week, a number of respected Bulgarian intellectuals wrote a letter to Mr. Sugarev and to photographer Nikolay Genov, who is also on a hunger strike, asking them to stop amid fears for their health and life.

The series of anti-government protests in Bulgaria was triggered by the scandalous appointment of controversial media mogul Delyan Peevski as Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS) on June 14.

Although the appointment was revoked, Bulgarians went on to demand that the cabinet of PM Plamen Oresharski resign collectively.

Edvin Sugarev launched his hunger strike on June 26.

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