Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Update on demands 20/1 16:30

As I've written below these are the demands of the protesters for tomorrow's demonstration:
  1. the resign of minister of interior affairs Michail Mikov. He has commited illegal acts and proven himself as competent. He is responsible for the riots Wednesday 14/1
  2. that the government start acting according to the 35 demands put forward by the difffenrent NGOs behind the demonstrations last week
  3. legal action to increase the citizens involvement in and control over the decision making process in the republic of Bulgaria
  4. changes in the electoral law, in order to stimulate the citizens participation. For the nature proposes a proportional system with majority elements, where voters can choose names from a list proposed by the parties.
N.B. There is NO demand of the governments resignation. Yet. In case the parliament and government refuse the demands, the demonstrators declare that that they will step up protests with civil disobedience across the country.

I just read on Darik news that BSP, the most influental party in the government and parliament say that they fully back the minister of interior Mikov. That means at the moment the positions are locked.

27 people have also been sentenced after last weeks rioting
. All have been fined between 30 and 200 leva (15-100 EUR). For now I can not comment wether the sentenced are political activists or hooligans, as Sofia news Agency calls them. It's clear that hooligans were present on Wednesday, but claims that innocent people were arrested are also common.

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