SOFIA, Bulgaria — Several hundred people opposed to COVID-19 mandates held a protest rally in the Bulgarian capital on Wednesday.
Demonstrators waved national flags and banners of the nationalist Revival party, which organized the protest. They also chanted “Resignation” and “Freedom”, calling on the government to step down for its “inability to manage the health crisis”.
A heavy police presence was in place and the protest in downtown Sofia remained peaceful.
Protesters have rejected a government-sponsored plan for a gradual phasing out of COVID-19 restrictions, demanding instead that the mandatory wearing of face masks and the use of health passes be abolished immediately.
The sanitary pass attests to a vaccination, a negative test or a recent recovery from the virus, and it is compulsory for covered rooms.
The easing of restrictions will be done in three stages and will start this week, Angel Kunchev said. the chief sanitary inspector of the country. The plan aims to lift all restrictions by March 20.
The Balkan country of 6.5 million people has seen a decrease in coronavirus cases this month. On Wednesday, it was reporting 4,667 new daily infections, while at the peak of the current wave in late January, more than 12,000 new daily cases were being reported.
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