Snap anti-government demo organised for Bulgarian election night

Within an hour after exit polls in Bulgaria’s May 25 2014 European Parliament elections showed the Bulgarian Socialist Party running a distant second and centre-right opposition GERB set for a decisive victory, an anti-government protest was organised to be held outside the election results centre at the National Palace of Culture, NDK.

The Facebook page of the anti-government protest said that the event would start at 9.30pm on May 25.

NDK is the venue for parties and coalitions that took part in the elections to hold post-results news conferences.

Earlier, GERB said that it would hold off having a news conference until there was clarity about alleged vote-buying by rivals.

If GERB kept to this postponement, it would mean that the first news conference would be held by second-ranked BSP.

Local media said that at BSP headquarters, there was dismay and disappointment at the socialist’s election results.

The BSP also ran second in May 2013 national parliamentary elections, but got the mandate to govern when first-ranked GERB had no allies in Parliament with which to form a government.

Mass anti-government protest under the #DANSWithme banner started in mid-June 2013 after the parties of the ruling axis voted controversial figure and MRF MP Delyan Peevski to be head of the State Agency for National Security.

The Facebook group said that given the May 25 election results, “we demand the immediate resignation (of the government) and elections.”

(Archive photo of June 2013 anti-government protest: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)




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