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Bulgaria: 'We are not slaves' - Anti-euro protesters throw eggs at EU building in Sofia04:03

Bulgaria: 'We are not slaves' - Anti-euro protesters throw eggs at EU building in Sofia

Bulgaria, Sofia
December 3, 2022 at 23:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of demonstrators were seen throwing eggs at the European Commission building in Sofia on Saturday, during a protest against the introduction of the euro in Bulgaria.

The protest, organized by the "Vazrazhdane" party, started at The Monument to the Tsar Liberator, then the protesters marched towards the European Commission building while holding flags and banners reading 'NO to the euro' and 'They buried Bulgaria.'

"Currently, the economic situation in Bulgaria is very bad. We are facing a huge crisis. And I think that this step (the euro) will lead to a devaluation of life, people will become even poorer. In my opinion, 90% of the Bulgarian population will become critically impoverished," said a protester.

"One thing is constantly being explained to us - you, the Bulgarians, do not have the right to choose. When a person has no choice, he is a slave. But we are not slaves," explained Kostadin Kostadinov, leader of Vazrajdane.

Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest member state, is planning to adopt the Euro in 2024 but the issue is highly contentious among the population.

Many fear the switch could fuel inflation, which is already exceedingly high. Others argue that adopting the euro would attract more foreign investment and allow for upgraded credit ratings which will reduce the national debt.

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Thousands of demonstrators were seen throwing eggs at the European Commission building in Sofia on Saturday, during a protest against the introduction of the euro in Bulgaria.

The protest, organized by the "Vazrazhdane" party, started at The Monument to the Tsar Liberator, then the protesters marched towards the European Commission building while holding flags and banners reading 'NO to the euro' and 'They buried Bulgaria.'

"Currently, the economic situation in Bulgaria is very bad. We are facing a huge crisis. And I think that this step (the euro) will lead to a devaluation of life, people will become even poorer. In my opinion, 90% of the Bulgarian population will become critically impoverished," said a protester.

"One thing is constantly being explained to us - you, the Bulgarians, do not have the right to choose. When a person has no choice, he is a slave. But we are not slaves," explained Kostadin Kostadinov, leader of Vazrajdane.

Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest member state, is planning to adopt the Euro in 2024 but the issue is highly contentious among the population.

Many fear the switch could fuel inflation, which is already exceedingly high. Others argue that adopting the euro would attract more foreign investment and allow for upgraded credit ratings which will reduce the national debt.