Further protest in Bulgaria’s Bansko to demand second ski lift

The group advocating a second ski lift in Bansko, one of Bulgaria’s most popular winter resorts, was scheduled to hold a further protest on January 14 2013.

Over the Festive Season holidays, the group blockaded a major road near the resort, drawing considerable media attention as well as support from prominent supporters in Bulgaria’s ruling party, including Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov and the Speaker of the National Assembly, Tsetska Tsacheva.

Attending one of the protests, Tsvetanov promised the group that a proposal to allow the building of a second gondola ski lift would be included on the Cabinet agenda early in the New Year.

The latest protest is to be held on January 14 at 4pm, organisers said.

We would like to thank the Government and Parliament for standing behind the fair demands of the residents and tourists in the municipality of Bansko, local media quoted the protesters as saying. “We are blocking the road to remind them of the pledges made.”

The group organising the protest said that they were waiting for the politicians in charge to make quick and appropriate decisions to normalise the situation regarding the lift, bring an end to long and time-consuming queues and compensate for local economic development lagging behind.

According to the organisers of the protest, there are no legislative and ecological hurdles to the development of the ski zone in the town of Bansko.

They said that they were ready to hold a protest in Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia, if necessary, and expressed hope that they would receive a clear message from the Cabinet meeting scheduled for January 16 2013.


(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)




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