Bulgarian University Students to 'Occupy' Parliament Again
Protesting Bulgarian "Early Risers" university students are staging Friday morning a new "occupation" of the Parliament.
They say the events from Tuesday have only incited them to continue their fight. On that day violent clashes between demonstrators and riot police occurred and lawmakers had to leave the Parliament guarded by heavy gendarmerie cordons.
At a special briefing Thursday evening, the young people announced they will protest in front of the Parliament beginning 11 am, when the so-called parliamentary control, which is a Q&A session between lawmakers and ministers, begins, and urged all citizens to join them.
"We call on all who are working Friday to take a day off and come with us. Only united we will prevail. Resignation!" they wrote on their Facebook page.
Their plan is to surround the Parliament from all sides to not allow pro-government and provocateur groups to infiltrate the rally.
The occupation of the main building of Sofia University is remaining in place as well. Friday marks the 155th day of protests in Bulgaria.
University students are demanding the resignation of the Socialist-led government of Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski.
The first of the protests began when students at the elite Sofia University occupied Lecture Hall 272, the largest teaching room in the St. Kliment Ohridski building on 23 October.
They have been blockading the building since then, bringing classes to a halt, but decided to move the blockade to the Parliament on Tuesday.
On Sunday, thousands marched in the streets of Bulgarian capital Sofia to request Oresharski's resignation.
Protesters chose the symbolic date November 10 to show their exasperation at the lack of morality in Bulgarian politics, 24 years after the fall of the communist regime in Bulgaria.
Sunday was the 150th day since protesters against the Oresharski cabinet first walked out, June 14, after the appointment of controversial media mogul Delyan Peevski for head of Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security.
Peevski's reinstatement as MP after his resignation from the Security Agency provoked a student occupation at Sofia University, which culminated in Sunday's "March of Justice."
Protesters have claimed that the Oresharski cabinet, backed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms exemplifies in an acute form the deep influence of the so-called Bulgarian oligarchy on politics.
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