Bulgarian protesters surround parliament

MPs, ministers and journalists were evacuated on Wednesday from the parliament building in Sofia, Bulgaria, where they spent the night under siege.

The building was surrounded by anti-corruption protesters.

The blockade of the parliament was sparked by a government decision to borrow $676 million, raising the budget deficit to two percent of gross domestic product.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski’s cabinet has refused to quit and about 500 to 1,000 pro-government supporters have held daily counter-demonstrations in Sofia and about 200,000 people have signed a petition supporting him, the news agency said.


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