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SOFIA, July 24 (Itar-Tass) - Protesters against the Bulgarian government are building barricades in front of the parliamentary building, where more than 100 people - ministers, lawmakers, trade union activists and journalists - are blocked.
The protesters reinforce metal fences around the parliament building with paving slabs and trash containers. They promise to continue the blockade of the parliament until the government resigns.
According to Sofia medics, five persons were hurt in clashes with the police. They received out-patient treatment, none was hospitalized.
Speaker of the parliament Mikhail Mikov said he would request to call off the parliament session. “Lawmakers cannot be a target,” he said and stressed that the country’s supreme legislative body must work in normal conditions.
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev delivered an address to the nation and called on the protesters to keep within the frames of a peaceful action. “For the first time since the beginning of protests we have witnessed attempts of provocations. I urge to refrain from any actions that might escalate tension and disturb public order,” he stressed.
Former Prime Minister and leader of the party Citizens For Bulgaria’s European Development, which won the early parliamentary elections on May 12 but failed to receive the majority of seats, Boiko Borisov demanded that the current government should resign immediately. “Plament Oresharski [the prime minister - Itar-Tass] must resign, since this is the only way to calm down people,” he said.
Anti-government rallies have been held in Bulgaria, primarily in its capital city Sofia, for 40 days running. The protests were triggered by the appointment of media tycoon Delyan Peevski of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms to the post of the head of the State National Security Service on June 14. On June 19, the Bulgarian parliament voted to cancel this appointment.