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Bulgaria: National protests mark Liberation Day

Bulgaria, Sofia
March 3, 2013 at 16:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Bulgaria: National protests mark Liberation Day

Thousands of people demonstrated on the streets of Sofia Sunday, March 3, the day Bulgarians celebrate their liberation from Ottoman rule 135 years ago. Chanting "we want change, we want life, we want everyone in Bulgaria to live like a god," protesters rallied against corruption, poverty and bad governance in the European Union's poorest country. Separate protests in the city merged into one, coming together in front of the Bulgarian parliament with no violent clashes or arrests taking place.

Demonstrators were carrying banners criticising CEZ Bulgaria, an electricity company for which the Czech Republic serves as 67 percent majority shareholder. In the past weeks, Bulgaria has seen a wave of protests demanding political reform that started as a result of utility bills becoming unbearable for many Bulgarians. After protests became violent, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov resigned Feb. 21.

Elsewhere, between 50,000 and 70,000 people rallied peacefully in Varna, the country's second-largest city.

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Bulgaria: National protests mark Liberation Day

Thousands of people demonstrated on the streets of Sofia Sunday, March 3, the day Bulgarians celebrate their liberation from Ottoman rule 135 years ago. Chanting "we want change, we want life, we want everyone in Bulgaria to live like a god," protesters rallied against corruption, poverty and bad governance in the European Union's poorest country. Separate protests in the city merged into one, coming together in front of the Bulgarian parliament with no violent clashes or arrests taking place.

Demonstrators were carrying banners criticising CEZ Bulgaria, an electricity company for which the Czech Republic serves as 67 percent majority shareholder. In the past weeks, Bulgaria has seen a wave of protests demanding political reform that started as a result of utility bills becoming unbearable for many Bulgarians. After protests became violent, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov resigned Feb. 21.

Elsewhere, between 50,000 and 70,000 people rallied peacefully in Varna, the country's second-largest city.

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