Anti-government protesters in Bulgaria plan to “occupy” the 19th century Euxinograd Royal palace on August 5

Sofia:  Anti-government protesters in Bulgaria have planned to “occupy” the 19th century Euxinograd former royal palace on August 5, 2013. This palace is used by members of the government and parliament as a holiday retreat.

Fishermen and owners of boats are supporting the movement by occupying the palace by sea to help the anti-government protesters, fed up with struggling daily to make ends meet while politicians at the palace take their leisure lavishly and eat at low prices. All roads will be blocked going to this palace.

Anti-government protestors who are crunched by Euro melting economy are demanding the resignation of the Bulgarian Socialist Party – Movement for Rights and Freedoms government and protestors are demanding that Bulgarian citizens should have free access to the Euxinograd palace and this palace should be converted as museum instead of a leisure place for ruling elite.

In the latest move to maintain the momentum of anti-government protests in Bulgaria, a group is planning to occupy all roads and sea links to palace on 47th day of anti-government protests in Bulgaria.

The anti-government protests have been largely peaceful, with the exception of the night of July 23, when there was a clash between police and protesters when an attempt was made to force a busload of MPs through a crowd of protesters. Controversy about that incident continues to deepen with theories that it was a deliberate provocation by the authorities.

Current hot weather in Bulgaria has not deterred the anti-government protesters, but it has long been an issue whether the momentum can be maintained in August, the traditional peak of the summer season. It appeared that the government, which refuses to resign, has been hoping that protests would dissipate as people went to the seaside and as the weather grew uncomfortably hot in Bulgaria’s major cities.

Bulgaria’s Parliament has voted itself a holiday of about a month, and it is customary for Euxinograd to fill up with politicians.

One idea is that the “occupation” takes place not only by land and by sea, but also by air. Bulgarian site Mediapool quoted a member of the “Occupy Euxinograd” group as calling for assistance from owners of fishing vessels, trawlers and parachuting clubs for assistance.

Local media reports said that some members of the government had given up on holidaying at Euxinograd this year. Instead, they would go to Turkey, where the report said, they also could holiday cheaply – and no one would bother them with calls for them to resign.

Anti-government protesters in Bulgaria have planned to “occupy” the 19th century Euxinograd former royal palace on August 5, 2013. This palace is used by members of the government and parliament as a holiday retreat.

Fishermen and owners of boats are supporting the movement by occupying the palace by sea to help the anti-government protesters, fed up with struggling daily to make ends meet while politicians at the palace take their leisure lavishly and eat at low prices. All roads will be blocked going to this palace.

Anti-government protestors who are crunched by Euro melting economy are demanding the resignation of the Bulgarian Socialist Party – Movement for Rights and Freedoms government and protestors are demanding that Bulgarian citizens should have free access to the Euxinograd palace and this palace should be converted as museum instead of a leisure place for ruling elite.

In the latest move to maintain the momentum of anti-government protests in Bulgaria, a group is planning to occupy all roads and sea links to palace on 47th day of anti-government protests in Bulgaria.

The anti-government protests have been largely peaceful, with the exception of the night of July 23, when there was a clash between police and protesters when an attempt was made to force a busload of MPs through a crowd of protesters. Controversy about that incident continues to deepen with theories that it was a deliberate provocation by the authorities.

Current hot weather in Bulgaria has not deterred the anti-government protesters, but it has long been an issue whether the momentum can be maintained in August, the traditional peak of the summer season. It appeared that the government, which refuses to resign, has been hoping that protests would dissipate as people went to the seaside and as the weather grew uncomfortably hot in Bulgaria’s major cities.

Bulgaria’s Parliament has voted itself a holiday of about a month, and it is customary for Euxinograd to fill up with politicians.

One idea is that the “occupation” takes place not only by land and by sea, but also by air. Bulgarian site Mediapool quoted a member of the “Occupy Euxinograd” group as calling for assistance from owners of fishing vessels, trawlers and parachuting clubs for assistance.

Local media reports said that some members of the government had given up on holidaying at Euxinograd this year. Instead, they would go to Turkey, where the report said, they also could holiday cheaply – and no one would bother them with calls for them to resign.

Agha Iqrar Haroon

Agha Iqrar Haroon has been working with national and international media houses for the last 24 years. His tenure as journalists includes 8 years in print media and 16 years in electronic media

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