Saturday, January 17, 2009

Saturday around noon

The square in front of the parliament with protesters and the statue of Russian Tsar Aleksander II, the liberator. The picture is taken at 14:00.

I arrived to the square in front of the parliament about one hour before the protest should start at 14.00. On my way I could see considerably more policemen than normally but traffic ws running and evertyhing was very calm. I did not see any broken windows, as an example look at this windows of Postbank that is untouched in the direct vicinity of Wednesdays demonstrations.

On the spot I spoke to a few protesters.None of them represented any organization but were there in private.

The first one was a teacher, dressed like Yoda from Star wars. "Why", I asked? "Yoda is a teacher, isn't he", she answered. The deepest problem of Bulgaria according to her is a discrepancy between parliamentary forms taken over from the west and the Bulgarian historic experiency that still lack experience from democratic ruling of a country.

She asked me how many people attended court in Sweden. After being perplex for a while I answered judge, lawyar and somekind of jury (Nämdemän – the Swedish system is very different from the anglo saxon jury system). "Exactly", she answered. "We need a kind of jury that can supervice our judges and politicians. In Bulgaria no one judges the judge. She was unsure wether the protests would give any lasting results, but a citizen has to show what he or she thinks." Like the sign she had borrowed from another protester says Pisna Ni!! - We've had enough!. As simple as that.

I also spoke these two young men that had finished university and now are working. ”But it's not going so well”. "Quite shitty, actually", they said and laughed, while they constantly moved about to keep warm. ”What are you protesting against” I asked - ”Well, you've seen our police.” ”You should have been here on Wednesday.” They didn't expect any violence from today's demonstrations, though. They said that on Wednesday there had been round 3000 people on the square, today they expected around 1000.

Before I left they asked me if I know who Tsar Svoboditel (the libertator) that stands as a statue on the square is. "Yes"... I answered hesitantly. ”The greatest”, one of the guys said, smiled and moved around again.

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