Bulgarian Anti-Govt Protesters to Stage Mock Communist Parade
Bulgarian protesters are going to stage Monday evening a mock "Communist parade" ridiculing the current Socialist-led government.
The occasion is the emblematic date of September 9, considered both the date of Bulgaria's anti-fascist uprising in 1944, and the beginning of the Communist regime.
The demonstrators say they want to expose the absurdity of the "spontaneous" pro-government rallies and demonstrate the similarity between the Communist regime before 1989 and the current rule of the country.
On Facebook, organizers urge participants to wear red and blue scarfs as did the Bulgarian children under the Communism in sign of their belonging to youth Communist organizations, and to bring red flags and banners mocking the Communist-style such as ""Glory to the Bulgarian Socialist Party," "BSP-Movement for Rights and Freedoms - Eternal Friendship," and "Oligarchs from All Countries, Unite," among others.
The rally will start at 6:30 pm and the gathering point is the area adjacent to the headquarters of the Central Bank, BNB, in downtown Sofia. This is the same area where the Communist parades were held on September 9, which was Bulgaria's national holiday until 1989.
The Sofia City Hall informs they have received two requests for Monday evening rallies. One is for the antigovernment protest, while the other is to start at 7 pm, and the gathering point is the corner of the main "Vitosha" and "Patriarch Evtimiy" boulevards. The march will end at the memorial monument of the victims of Communism in front of the National Palace of Culture, NDK.
The organizers of the second rally remain unknown.
About 200 Bulgarians have taken once again to the streets of the capital Sofia Sunday evening to demand the resignation of the country's Socialist-led government.
The rally was held for an 87th day in a row in the record-long protest in the country.
The demonstrators marched on their usual route to the building of the Parliament.
Anti-government rallies in Sofia have subsided in numbers, but participants remain relentless in their struggle to "topple" the government of Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski.
The rallies, at times reaching 20 000 and even 30-40 000 in Sofia, were triggered by the appointment of notorious media mogul and lawmaker Delyan Peevski as Head of the State Agency for National Security (DANS) back on June 14.
The protesters were not appeased by the subsequent cancellation of the decision and went on to demand the resignation of the cabinet over ties with oligarchs and a number of controversial appointments.
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