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Borisov resignation fails to prevent more protests

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Borisov resignation fails to prevent more protests


In Bulgaria protesters’ anger is not to be quelled. The government had already resigned but on Wednesday evening demonstrators returned to the streets of Sofia.

Around two thousand marched to the parliament, chants of discontent over austerity measures filled the air.

They passed a protest by a group calling for the government’s return to power. Police kept them apart and there were no reports of any violence.

“The people’s discontent has reached its peak in Bulgaria. This cannot continue. We removed Borisov, who was the smallest of trouble but the others are still in power, that is why we will continue to fight,” said protester Alexander Marinov

Boiko Borisov, an ex-bodyguard had taken power in 2009 with promises of raising incomes in what is the European Union’s poorest member.

But the cost of high electricity bills which have soared by 13 percent since last July sparked 11 days of protests which turned violent.

They spilled over into wider frustration with Borisov and political elites amid accusations of links to shadowy businesses. Many demonstrators showed banners reading ‘Mafia’.

Eleven people were treated in hospital following the nationwide protests.

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