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30 Aug 2020 | 03:27 AM UTC

Bulgaria: Anti-government protests to take place nationwide September 2 /update 10

Bulgaria News Alert

Nationwide anti-government protests to take place on September 2; avoid any protest site

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/3/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Sofia). COUNTRY/REGION Bulgaria

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Event

Nationwide anti-government protests have been called for on Wednesday, September 2. Barricades remain in place in Sofia and other cities, including Varna and Plovdiv, as protesters continue to denounce alleged government corruption, among other grievances. Protests have been taking place for 53 consecutive days.

Bulgaria's Justice Minister Danail Kirilov resigned on Wednesday, August 26, amid criticism of his failure to address alleged corruption. Kirilov is the fifth government minister to resign since protests began in July. September 2 coincides with the date the government is expected to give its decision on Kirilov's resignation.

Demonstrations are to be anticipated across the country and associated disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of any protest site.

Context

Protests were sparked in Bulgaria after a raid was conducted on July 9, by the Prosecutor-General's Office on the presidential headquarters, which protesters and opponents believe was ordered by Prime Minister Borisov. President Rumen Radev's legal affairs and anti-corruption secretary and his security and defense adviser were detained for questioning and their offices searched as part of probes into alleged influence-peddling and disclosure of state secrets. The searches sparked public anger and brought thousands of demonstrators onto the streets of Sofia to condemn the raids as an attack by the government and the prosecutor-general against Radev.

Advice

Those in Bulgaria are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations and political gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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