Bulgarian Interior Min Vows to Prevent Clashes amid Tensions in Sofia

Politics » DOMESTIC | August 16, 2013, Friday // 12:13
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Interior Min Vows to Prevent Clashes amid Tensions in Sofia Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev. File photo

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev has assured reporters that all measures have been taken to prevent clashes between the government supporters that arrived in Sofia on Friday and anti-government protesters in the capital.

"We will do everything possible to prevent tensions between the people," Yovchev said, congratulating police officers on their adequate actions.

"I hope that everything remains within the law," he said.

At least 40 chartered buses full of people from all over Bulgaria arrived in Sofia early on Friday to offer a helping hand to the embattled coalition government, as a fresh anti-graft rally gathered in the capital.

Both the government supporters and the anti-government protesters have gathered at the Alexander Nevsky square in downtown Sofia. Police are making sure that no clashes erupt between the two groups.

The Bulgarian Parliament is holding a special plenary sitting Friday morning to discuss and vote on Bulgaria President Rosen Plevneliev's veto on a controversial recent budget update.

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