Bulgarian Police Protest in Thousands

resizer77Thousands of frustrated police officers protested on Sunday in the centre of Sofia for fourth time in what became the largest protest so far.

Police demanded a 50 per cent wage increase and improved working conditions.

Deputy chair of the Podkrepa union, Dimitar Manolov, claimed around 15 000 police gathered for what had been called a cultural mass event. The Interior Ministry put the number of participants in the protests between 8 000 and 10 000.

Ivan Pavlov, head of a newly formed police union, said police protested because they would like to be treated with a “European attitude”, as well as against corruption in the Interior Ministry.

Around 30 policemen carried a coffin, symbolically burying the ministry, while organisers handed out red carnations (the flower traditionally given at funerals).

The meeting in Zaimov park was then followed with music performances, a piper ensamble, folk dance and a children’s choir.

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