Bulgarian anti-corruption protests

By Leon J Williams

Bulgaria protests - 22 June 2013

Bulgaria protests – 22 June 2013

Bulgaria’s Socialist led minority government voted to make media tycoon Delyan Peevski the National Security Chief.

Delyan Peevski is a member of the Turkish minority party the ‘Movement for Rights and Freedoms’ (DPS/ДПС).

The move to appoint Peevski on the 14th June has caused outrage among the Bulgarian public who see it as yet another sign of the rampant corruption that engulfs Bulgaria.

The appointment was cancelled 5 days later (19th June) as the Socialist led coalition says it is listening to the people however the protests are now in to their 10th day with no end in sight.

It’s hard to get reliable figures on how many have attended the protests so far with some figures around 10,000. As you can see from the photo, the protesters go on for as far as the eye can see.

Some have suggested that because the protests have remained peaceful the worlds media has been silent in its lack of coverage.

“I was seven when my parents took me to rallies for democracy when communism fell (in 1989),” said another, Kamelia Mitova, 31. “It’s unbelievable that I am here now for the same reasons.”

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