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Tens of thousands of Bulgarians demand political change

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Bulgarians protesting on March 3, 2013.

Tens of thousands of Bulgarians have staged rallies across the country to protest against poverty and corruption as well as to demand legislative amendments.

On Sunday, huge crowds gathered in the country’s major cities, including the capital Sofia, and carried slogans that read “Anarchy against organized crime and the monopolies!”, “The mobsters in jail!” and “People against the mafia.”

It is reported that over 50,000 people also gathered in the Black Sea city of Varna, where the initial protests against high power bills started last month.

The activists demanded, among others, the return of 51% of the shares of power utilities to the State, the establishment of a procedure to recall the members of the Parliament and the change of the electoral system to a majority vote.

This comes while outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borissov resigned on February 20, after massive protests against high bills for electricity and heating, which started on January 28.

As the residents of the European Union’s poorest member, Bulgarians have to allocate a big part of their monthly income, which averages just 400 euros (USD 530) a month to electricity bills, especially in the winter.


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