Bulgarians keep on demonstrating. Today, the day the country celebrates its National Holiday, marking the 135th anniversary of the Liberation from five centuries of Ottoman rule, is also marked with citiens` protests all around the country.
On this occasion, the organizers are calling on all Bulgarians to participate and to march peacefully, holding flowers to show respect to those who have perished for freedom.
Interesting, Bulgarians are demonstrating today even in Chicago and Toronto. They want to support their people in their homeland.
Four protests will be held in the capital Sofia.
Organizers have announced two gathering points – the Ariana Lake in the Central Park Borisova Gradina near the Eagles’ Bridge intersection and the Ministry of Economy and Energy.
The two far-right, nationalist Ataka and VMRO parties will hold their own marches in downtown Sofia.
There will be also a protest against flawed bank practices in Bulgaria and the lack of control on them from the Central Bank, BNB.
There are strong disagreements among different groups of disgruntled people, but some of the demands that have emerged so far are: not adjourning the Parliament; the President appointing a program government instead of a caretaker one; drafting a Civil Participation Bill providing a 50% civil quota in all institutions; returning 51% of the shares of power utilities to the State; closing the Bulgarian Energy Holding, BEH, for draining the energy sector, summoning a Grand General Assembly, establishing a procedure to recall Members of the Parliament.
A wave of protests erupted in Bulgaria over the high electricity and heating bills, which caused the center-right GERB government to resign on February 20, but the demonstrations did not cease and the demands of the participants now include a change of the existing model of government and elimination of monopolies.