[325], By 10:30 anti-government protesters once again attempted to block one of Sofia's main boulevards, while the police blocked them from doing so. Besides the Socialist parliamentary group that had called the extraordinary session, it was only attended by a handful of MPs from the DPS, two from GERB and one from Volya. Tensions rose as protesters refused to leave and demanded the resignations of the entire coalition. [264], Meanwhile, opposition leader Maya Manolova rejected the proposals, rhethorically asking the prime minister of his speech was written by gangsters or Delyan Peevski. He further questioned Ivanov about alleged ties to the criminal underworld and claimed that his party maintained "shining office inside a super luxurious building" while not being entitled to a state subsidy. [218], The opposition Socialist Party formally filed a motion for a new, extraordinary session of the National Assembly to be opened, demanding that the PM Borisov and his Interior Minister answer questions relating to the previous day's violent incidents during the ruling party's conference, as well as a review of the recently revised national budget. [276], In the evening of the 41st day of protests, thousands of protesters marched to the Ministry of Interior Affairs in downtown Sofia, and pelted it with eggs and tomatoes. широки народни маси неговите послания", "2020 – протестите не успяха да излъчат лидерство, нито единна платформа за промяна", "Огнян Минчев: Обществото не успя да произведе алтернатива на ГЕРБ", "Целувки, купони, протести: Защо коронавирусът се шири на Балканите", "Джипи №1 доц. [97] He ended his speech with the call "Mafia – out". [94] This came hours after he was asked to do so by President Rumen Radev after a series of scandals in which the service was involved in guarding the summer residence of honorary DPS leader Ahmed Dogan. They set as their goal the removal of Borisov's cabinet and the resignation of Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev. People stage protest over water shortage in Delhi's Dwarka. The official time of the protest is 7:00 pm, and the place is the Council of Ministers. Despite intensifying thunderstorm, demonstrators marched towards Alexander Nevsky Cathedral where Priest Dionisiy said a prayer. In response, several groups of protesters announced that they would be forming an "initiative committee" that would coordinate the various groups protesting against the government in a bid to further unify the protest movement. Bodyguards who shoved an opposition politician could cost Boyko Borisov, the … Sofia - January 31 (BTA) - Over the past 24 hours there were 349 new cases of COVID-19 in Bulgaria, confirmed through 4,532 tests, for a … Protest organizers called for a rebuilding of the demolished barricades, some of which were briefly rebuilt, but then taken down again voluntarily by the protesters. Meanwhile, anti-Borisov demonstrators in Germany took to a campaign of writing letters en masse to all the deputies of the German Bundestag. [266], Democratic Bulgaria leader Hristo Ivanov remarked that the proposed amendments were a "very late step in a good direction", calling the proposals "not so much a new constitution, but rather a serious revision [of the existing constitution]". [246], Later that day, nearly 170 scientists representing the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences signed an open letter that demanded the government's resignation. Bulgarian Health Minister Issues New Order on Quarantine for Arrivals, Over 5,000 of Sofia Teachers Want to Be Vaccinated, OLAF: Bulgaria to Return Nearly 6 Million Euros to EU for Alleged Abuse in the Ministry of Interior, Covid-19 Tests Become Mandatory on Entrance to Bulgaria from January 29, Bulgaria in Crisis: How World’s Saddest Place Became Deadliest, Varna Summer International Theater Festival Kicks off Online. He further accused President Radev of "supporting fugitives from justice". Issue 6/2018: 1918. At the rally socialist leader Korneliya Ninova alleged that the government had attempted to bribe key socialist politicians in order to "break the left" during the protests, but stated that the plot had failed as the socialists had refused to "sell themselves". The Poisonous Trio - an informal group of three protest organizers criticised the move, stating that national monuments shouldn't be used for political purposes, while the historic site's custodian defined it as an "insult". The group then hung a large banner in the colors of the Bulgarian flag with the phrase "RESIGN" superimposed on top. "Манастирски ливади", блокираха и булевард | Dnes.bg", "Протест в "Манастирски ливади" след отказ на общината да строи градина", "От САЩ до Австралия: Подкрепа на антиправителствените протести", "Политическата криза: кабинетът обяви нов пакет от близо 2 млрд. Radev condemned the leaks and called it an "insane" invasion of the prime minister's privacy. The cabinet released a statement that the new stimulus package would amount 2,532,000 Bulgarian lev. [139], The Socialists' motion of no confidence in the nation's parliament ended in defeat as it gained the support of 102 MPs, while 121 MPs of the ruling coalition voted against. [190], The Constitutional Court of Bulgaria unanimously ruled that Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev was not permitted under the nation's constitution to investigate, wiretap or indict the country's president due to the legal immunity the constitution provides him. Later in the evening protesters marched to the old Parliament building and attempted to circumvent it, but were stopped by a heavy police cordon. GERB deputy Toma Bikov called the leaders of the protest "the scum of society" and "criminal gangs paid by Vasil Bozhkov" as part of a "plot". He then accused the Prime Minister of violating the law, suppressing freedom of speech and turning "Bulgaria's parliamentary democracy into an autocracy", after which he once again called for the government's resignation. The ruling party however suffered a defection after the government-appointed National Ombudsman and former GERB Minister for Justice Diana Kovacheva announced that she would oppose the amendments, claiming that they would turn the Ombudsman into a "puppet" and might degrade human rights in the country. [176], A scandalous audio recording once again leaked on the Internet. [118][119] That same day, the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria, Bulgaria's largest labour union, officially endorsed the protests. [278][279][280], Former media mogul and MEP Nikolay Barekov announced that he would start organizing protests not only against the government, but also against Democratic Bulgaria leader Hristo Ivanov. [114] Meanwhile, President Radev called for further peaceful protests, but cautioned participants to avoid provocations that could be used to 'sow discord' among the protesters. We don‘t understand why we remain closed, as it is clear, after all the restaurants in hotels have been working for a month now, there is no increase in morbidity. [366] On 14 July the European Commission expressed its support to the demonstrators right to protest. News Raids on Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev's office draw large protests. He called for further protests, opining that the protest movement would be the 'beginning of the end' of the "corrupt model [of governance]" and expressed his support for early parliamentary elections and changes to Bulgaria's constitution. [231], By evening PM Borisov made an announcement before the media that he had ordered police forces not to dismantle the barricades by force. [127][128][129], National Assembly Chairwoman and leading GERB figure Tsveta Karayancheva made a statement in which she stated that holding early elections would be pointless, as she opined GERB would simply win again and form another government. 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