PES Leader Stanishev Escapes Student Blockade

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | November 10, 2013, Sunday // 19:48
Bulgaria: PES Leader Stanishev Escapes Student Blockade File photo, BGNES

Police officers have escorted PES and Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev out of a TV studio where he was beseiged by anti-cabinet protesters Sunday evening.

The protester, who were part of larger rally Sunday in Sofia, blocked the exits of the Nova TV studio near the Moskva hotel south-east of the city center.

Meanwhile, a protest concert is taking place in front of the St Alexander Nevsky cathedral nearby the Bulgarian Parliament.

There is strong police presence in the center, for fear of escalating tensions.

Sunday Sofia saw thousands go out on a rally against corruption and a percieved lack of morality in Bulgarian politics.

The day is the 24th anniversary of November 10, 1989, the date commemorated as the end of the communist regime.

It is also the 150th day since a controversial senior appointment by Parliament at the proposal of PM Plamen Oresharski sent thousands in protest in the streets on June 14.

End of October, students occupied the main building of Sofia University requesting Oresharski's resignation and Parliament's dissolution.

The Oresharski cabinet has been elected with the MP votes of the Bulgarian Socialist Party and a junior coalition partner, and many protesters see the lingering corruption in Bulgarian politics as an unfortunate heritage from the party's communist past.

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