Scientists discover three Earth-sized exoplanets that may potentially harbor lifeScience & Space February 23, 5:50
Syrian opposition ready for direct talks with government delegation — representativeWorld February 22, 21:56
UN Syria envoy expects no breakthrough at new round of Syria talksWorld February 22, 21:09
Russia opposes sharing responsibility for fate of Middle East refugeesRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 22, 20:36
First woman in space Valentina Tereshkova may meet with Queen Elizabeth IIRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 22, 20:27
Spain’s famous footballer Puyol returns to Russia next week ahead of FIFA 2017, 2018 CupsSport February 22, 20:15
Putin promotes generals to higher military ranks after Syria operationMilitary & Defense February 22, 19:56
Russia, Turkey may discuss purchase of S-400 systems at March talksMilitary & Defense February 22, 19:18
European human rights watchdog welcomes court’s ruling on Russian opposition activistWorld February 22, 18:42
SOFIA, June 17 (Itar-Tass) - Mass anti-government protests swept Bulgaria last Sunday. Thousands of demonstrators insisted on government resignation, a change of model of running the state and new elections.
According to the Bulgarian Interior Ministry, about 15,000 people marched in Sofia blocking all traffic in the city center. Police put up metal encirclements around the building of the Bulgarian People’s Assembly (parliament) and pulled in additional police force. The demonstrators protested against the policy of Prime Minister Platen Oresharski, the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the former party of power Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria. Then, the demonstrators headed for the headquarters of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, Ataka and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) where they chanted “mafia” and “resignation.” Despite the scope of protests, police reported no incidents, the Interior Ministry said.
About 2,000 people held an anti-government protest in Varna. About 3,000 people gathered in Plovdiv to express their disagreement with the new government’s policy. About 500 people protested in Burgas.
A government decision to appoint a deputy from a party that represents the Turkish ethnic minority as the head of the State National Security Service provoked mass anti-government actions across Bulgaria. Despite the fact that Deputy Delyan Peyevski agreed to give up his post, protests continue in major Bulgarian cities. They have grown into clear anti-government protests.
The press service of the Bulgarian prime minister distributed a statement on Monday about the situation in the country. “Resignation is a simple solution in this situation but extremely irresponsible in connection with a threat of a new wave of destabilization in the country,” Oresharski said.
"The public reactions said that the proposed candidacy (Peyevski) was socially unacceptable. The law obliges me to propose a new candidate to the post of chairman of the State National Security Service. A series of meetings and consultations will be held in the next few days so that a new figure which I am going to suggest finds public support,” the prime minister said.