news 22 Mar 13

Bulgarian Protesters Blockade Varna City Hall

Protesters in the Black Sea city of Varna formed a human chain on Friday, blocking the entrances of the City Hall.

Protesters in Varna stretched ropes and blockaded the City Hall for two hours on Friday, pressing demands for the resignation of the Municipal Council and all supervisors.

As demonstrators shouted "Mafia," and "Resign," no one, including employees, was able to enter the building.

Two tents were erected nearby in which two men threatened a hunger strike if the municipal councillors refused to quit.

Recently Varna saw the largest protest rallies in the country, at times up to 70,000 strong, joining Bulgarians across the country demonstrating against high utility bills, monopolies, poverty, economic stagnation, corruption, and the political model of ruling the country.

The city's fourth-term mayor, Kiril Yordanov, resigned on March 6, amidst huge protests.

Local people have also continued to pile rocks, stones and flowers near the City Hall where Plamen Goranov, 36, set himself on fire on February 20.

That same day, the cabinet of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, and his Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, resigned amidst the unprecedented protests.

The monument is inspired by a well-known poem of Ivan Vazov, "Heap of Stones", as a sign of their feelings of indignation against Yordanov.

Goranov died on March 3, which many have seen as symbolic, since the day is a national holiday when Bulgaria celebrates liberation from five centuries of Ottoman rule.

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