Bulgaria Protests against Poverty and Corruption

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Bulgarians protested against poverty and corruption in over 30 cities of Bulgaria. These protests started at the end of January, and originally began due to extremely high prices of electricity, but soon transformed into something much more.

They changed to Bulgarian protests against poverty and corruption, and a larger non-partisan movement against the government as a whole due to these two things. The movement wishes for a change in the current system, or current political model. Tens of thousands of citizens have taken part in these protests, and recently, a group of people have taken the motto, “Let’s set the monopolies on fire.”

Bulgarians protest against poverty and corruption all over the country, often in gatherings of thousands. At the end of February, nearly 20,000 Bulgarians stood in front of the central bank and the parliament in order to protest, and shout about Boyko Borisov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, who has since resigned due to these protests and demonstrations. These Bulgarian protests against poverty and corruption are spreading like wildfire; those working in the mines and railways have joined the protests.

As it stands today, three people have decided to commit extreme protest by setting themselves on fire, which resulted in the death of two. Bulgaria, in response, has called for an early election in May, but the future of the country is uncertain. The Bulgarian protests reflect a call from the people that corruption will no longer be tolerated and that a change is needed.

Although Bulgaria is currently in turmoil, a change is on the horizon, and it could result in a positive resolution for the majority of people in Bulgaria, such as the workers and the middle-class. Perhaps the rising electricity prices will be stopped, and perhaps poverty will finally be addressed, free of corruption. Bulgaria is the poorest member state of the European Union, and it seems the people have finally decided to fight back against their poverty.

– Corina Balsamo

Sources: Global Post, Reuters, UK Reuters
Photo: Global Risk Insights

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