What began as protests against the Roma minority in Bulgaria has now grown into widespread anger at the country’s government.
Sparked by the alleged killing of a young Bulgarian man by the relative of a Roma leader, the arrest of the accused man was not enough to stop unrest in 14 Bulgarian towns.
The demonstrators are using the momentum to vent their frustration at corruption and the country’s economic situation. One of the protesters told reporters “We’ve got a rotten prime minister in our sweet country and our minister of internal affairs is a sports teacher. They should go.”
Hundreds of young people were among those who took to the streets in the capital Sofia, complaining about the lack of opportunities. Authorities said 160 arrests were made and security has been stepped up in major cities.
Bulgaria is the poorest country in the EU and corruption is rife. The country is also struggling to recover from a deep recession.