Police, protesters clash in Bulgaria as thousands rally to call for PM Boyko Borissov’s resignation

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Protesters accuse Borissov and Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev of failing to fight the corruption that erodes the rule of law and benefits powerful tycoons in the European Union’s poorest country

Protesters clash with police officers during an anti-government demonstration in Sofia, on Sept. 2, 2020.Thousands of Bulgarians rallied in front of the parliament in Sofia on Wednesday in one of the biggest protests so far in two months of demonstrations calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.

They also shook police vehicles, and about 100 officers were affected by pepper spray aimed at them by protesters, Sofia Police Chief Georgi Hadzhiev said. Health officials said some 45 people including police officers, were treated in hospitals.The rally took place on the first sitting of parliament after summer recess. Protesters called it the “Grand National Uprising” in response the government’s plan for a new constitution.

In parliament, President Rumen Radev called for the resignation of Borissov’s centre-right government and appealed to deputies to dismiss the plans for a new constitution. Borissov has pledged to resign if parliament approves his call for the election of a grand national assembly tasked with voting on a new constitution that should improve the independence of the judiciary and halve number of deputies.

 

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If this happened in Canada (and it should), the left wing media would call it 'far right' protests or not cover it at all.

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