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Bulgaria: More than 50 arrests after students' parliament protest

Bulgaria: More than 50 arrests after students' parliament protest
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Bulgarian police say they have made around 50 arrests in the wake of anti-government protests outside parliament in Sofia.

The demonstrations continued on Wednesday, the day after clashes between police and students trying to blockade the building.

Four people were hurt and more than 20 detained in Tuesday’s confrontation.

Protesters want to oust the Socialist-backed technocrat government, claiming it has corrupt ties with business.

One pensioner taking part, Maslina Tsvetkova, said the younger generation was being suffocated by government policies.

“Look what happens. They want to kill the last young people who want to stay and live in Bulgaria, who want democracy,” she said.

Membership of the EU has brought prosperity to many, but it has also encouraged lots of young Bulgarians to emigrate.

Tuesday’s protest was organised by students behind a sit-in at Sofia University. Now they are denouncing what they say was police violence.

Authorities say a further 25 arrests were made on Wednesday morning in a special operation against ‘anti-social behaviour’.