SOFIA, Bulgaria — Tens of thousands of people took to the roads Wednesday in cities around Bulgaria for a third successive week to require the resignation of the authorities and the main prosecutor.
From the largest anti-government protests in seven decades, people in power are accused of keeping links to the mafia, refusing to fight corruption and reform the judiciary and limiting freedom of speech.
President, Rumen Radev, a vocal critic of the authorities, is financing protesters, stating the center-right Cabinet of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and chief prosecutor Ivan Geshev must step down.
In a public speech to the country, Radev talked about the profound anger of the protesters. “It’s been piling up for decades and can’t be suppressed by force and fear,” he explained.
Even though the rallies are largely calm, there were occasional clashes and a few arrests.
Back in Sofia on Wednesday, protesters blocked several important intersections during company hours, bringing visitors nearly to a standstill.
Many were after calls from the organizers to set up tents outside the Cabinet building and stay there until their requirements are satisfied.
At a movie on Facebook, Borissov said everybody has the right to show, but do not block streets and intersections.
“Elections are coming, everybody will have the ability to vote. That is democracy. Imagine we shed the election and get started shutting down crossroads. Borissov said.
Borissov was in power because 2009 along with his third semester is scheduled to finish next March