Bulgarians protest over economy
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 01, 2011, 18:45
  
Sofia: Hundreds of Bulgarians urged the government to resign on Sunday over its failure to cope with the economic crisis in the European Union's poorest country at a protest in capital Sofia.

About 2,000 people chanted "Resign" at the second rally staged by the opposition Socialists and dubbed "Labor Day! Day of Anger!." The previous protest took place in March.

"I have never in my life seen people living so badly," said teacher Milka Shopova, 55. "The crisis has played its part, of course, but this government acts so inadequately that we're sinking more and more."

The economic downturn forced the cabinet of the centre-right GERB to freeze state salaries and pensions a year ago but rising food and fuel prices have piled additional pressure on already low incomes.

Inflation, delayed reforms, high unemployment and a wiretapping scandal into which senior GERB members were drawn have hurt the popularity of the party which came to power in July 2009 on promises to battle the crisis.

Bureau Report


First Published: Sunday, May 01, 2011, 18:45


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