On the 76th day of anti-government protests in Bulgaria, participants organized a third “great national uprising”, a national rally in front of the parliament building in Sofia.
Famous musicians gathered in front of the parliament building on Tuesday evening sang, read poems, and speakers called for politicians to leave. – Everyone is fed up with theft, lies and the lack of supremacy of the law – lawyer Nikolai Khajigenov said, calling for mass participation in the event.
“It’s time for the rulers to understand that they are sinking deeper and deeper, they will just disappear if they continue to hold onto power. Meanwhile, Europe knows who is corrupt in Bulgaria, the voice of Europe, including the European Parliament, sounds more and more ominous – said another co-organizer of the rally, prof. Velislav Minekov.
Protests in Bulgaria
Participants in the protests are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his government, chief prosecutor Ivan Geshev, speaker of the parliament Tsveta Karayancheva, and calling for early elections. Before Tuesday’s rally, a group of protesters went to the US Embassy, where they unwrapped leaflets calling for the suspension of support for the chief prosecutor.
Many streets in the center of Sofia were still blocked in the early afternoon. The presence of the police in the streets was visible, although protesters declared peaceful intentions. A group of organizers met in the afternoon with representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, asking for the isolation of the provocateurs.
Protests are taking place in other Bulgarian cities, the approach to the Danube bridge connecting the Bulgarian Ruse with the Romanian Georgiu has been blocked. Bulgarians are also protesting in front of their country’s embassies in many European capitals.
Radew: dialogue possible only after the scandals are cleared up
Prime Minister Borisov called for reconciliation on his Facebook profile. President Rumen Radev, who had supported the protests from the outset, responded to this appeal by calling on Borisov to explain all the corruption scandals that the media had written about in recent months. “Only after that will dialogue be possible,” he added.
Unlike the prime minister, who does not appear in public, Radew appeared before journalists. – Dialogue only makes sense if it is placed on a sound foundation – he said.
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