The Bulgarian capital, Sofia, is expected to see a series of large-scale protests in the week in which Prime Minister Kiril Petkov’s government faces a parliamentary vote of no confidence.
Following the spontaneous demonstration outside the Parliament on June 16 after opposition parties banded together to vote against Nikola Minchev as Speaker of the National Assembly, there will be demonstrations in support of the Petkov government on June 20, 21 and June 22, from 6:30 p.m. at National Place de l’Assemblée.
The debate on the vote of no confidence is due to take place in parliament on June 21, with a vote no sooner than 24 hours after the end of the debate.
The organizers of the pro-government protests declared that Bulgaria was in crisis – political, economic and even identity.
A battle was underway with the mafia, power scandals had become commonplace and last but not least, a senseless war was raging in Europe, they said.
“Bulgaria is now at a crossroads and it depends on us which direction we take,” the organizers said.
“We will choose democracy or authoritarianism, freedom or obedience, courage or fear. We want to live in a state governed by the rule of law. We want the fight against corruption to continue. We want transparency, political and economic independence.
“We want a decent future within the framework of Europe,” they said, saying they didn’t want new elections and they didn’t want GERB and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms to be in power.
The Justice for All initiative takes a demonstration on June 20 at 6 p.m. in front of the Presidency building in the center of Sofia, on the theme “March for European Bulgaria – for the defense of parliamentarism and democracy”.
“A decisive week is coming for the future of Bulgaria, for law, democracy and parliamentarism,” Justice for All said on Facebook.
“This week will address several important issues. Not only if change will continue, but if there will be a decisive battle against corruption and the oligarchy that wants to regain control of the state, if judicial reform will continue and if there will be the state of right, if we will have our real perspective in Europe,” the organization said.
He said that if the legislature was dissolved for the elections, there would be no parliament to elect new members of the Supreme Judicial Council to decide the fate of Attorney General Ivan Geshev, and judicial reform in Bulgaria would be stalled. .
Elsewhere on the political spectrum, Kostadin Kostadinov, the leader of parliament’s smallest party, the pro-Kremlin Vuzrazhdane, issued a Facebook call for his supporters to demonstrate outside parliament on June 21 at 5 p.m.
Kostadinov, whose party supports the motion of no confidence tabled by GERB, said: “It is time for the agony of this government and this Parliament to end.
“Tuesday at 5 p.m. I call on all Bulgarians to come with us to the National Assembly to make it clear that Bulgaria belongs to us, the Bulgarians, and not to foreign agents and national traitors,” Kostadinov said.
Radostin Vassilev, the sports minister who quit Slavi Trifonov’s ITN party after Trifonov announced that ITN was leaving the ruling coalition, alleged that the party’s parliamentary leader, Toshko Yordanov, was planning an illegal protest outside the ministry on June 22 at 5 p.m., to call for MPs who had left ITN to resign from Parliament.
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