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Bulgarian protests now into third week

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For the twenty-first day in a row, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Sofia, demanding the resignation of Bulgaria’s socialist-led government.

The protests were originally sparked by the controversial appointment of businessman and MP Delyan Peevski as the new head of the State Agency for National Security. Public anger eventually led to his removal but the demonstrations have continued.

Activists are demanding that the cabinet resign collectively over ties with oligarchs and are calling for Election Code amendments which will guarantee greater representation of the people in Parliament.

There was a counter-protest in support of the Cabinet Oresharski, with much lower attendance. Supporters of the government insist it must be given a chance to work.