Anti-Government Protests in Sofia Escalate into Clashes

Protests demanding resignation of the conservative chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov escalated into clashes with the police in Sofia. This was announced on Tuesday, July 14, at a special briefing by the deputy head of the capital’s police department, Anton Zlatanov.

According to him, as a result of clashed in the city, two policemen and one demonstrator were injured. Six protesters were detained. Law enforcement officers smashed storefronts and threw flammable liquids and red paint into law enforcement, Zlatanov added. According to him, groups of « provocateurs » who incited violent actions against the police were seen among the protesters.

Protests continue in Sofia for the sixth day in a row. Earlier, on July 9, searches were conducted at the administration of the President of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, as part of the investigation of two unrelated cases of corruption and the disclosure of state secrets. The police arrested for interrogation the president’s security adviser Ilya Milushev and the anti-corruption commissioner Plamen Uzunov.


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