Envoys from Bulgaria’s anti-government Protest Network were scheduled to leave for Ukraine on December 3 2013 to show solidarity with protest movements and students in Kyiv.
The representatives being sent are Ivo Bozhkov and Vassil Garnizov, both at the centre of the protests demanding the resignation of the current Bulgarian Socialist Party government, fresh parliamentary elections and profound reforms to Bulgaria’s political system.
The Bulgarian anti-government protests began in mid-June, after the deeply controversial – and abortive – appointment of Movement for Rights and Freedoms MP and media mogul Delyan Peevski to head the State Agency for National Security. Even though Peevski’s appointment was withdrawn, the blunder-ridden odyssey of the current government, sundry policy failures and vacuums, and its obsessive devotion to Russian-linked energy projects has fuelled continued majority support for demands for the government’s resignation.
A statement ahead of the departure for the Ukrainian capital of the Bulgarian representatives said that Ukrainians and Bulgarians had, a quarter of a century ago, ripped themselves from the hands of Soviet occupation.
Since then, the two countries had walked a shared, thorny path, meaning a true brotherhood.
Again, the Protest Network said, the same bloodthirsty monster was reaching out to grab “the most valuable thing we have – freedom”.
“Fight bravely , fight to the end, do not give up,” Bulgaria’s Protest Network said in its message to the Ukrainian protesters.
“Whatever happens, know that those who are rebelling in Bulgaria are with you.”
The Protest Network affirmed its belief in the European future of Ukraine and the success of its well-justified revolution, “while here, we continue to fight for the European future of Bulgaria”.
(Photo: Konstantin Pavlov)