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The Greek media about the protests in Bulgaria

24 July 2013 / 22:07:30  GRReporter
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The peaceful protest of thousands of Bulgarians who refuse to live in a mafia state may not have moved the world's media in recent weeks, but the gendarmerie and beating outside the parliament building on Wednesday morning have attracted their attention.

"Protesters besieged the parliament building in Bulgaria" was the most common title in the Greek media related to the developments in Sofia on Wednesday morning.
Ta Nea, To Vima and Naftemporiki newspapers have preferred the brief title, "Bulgaria: Protesters besieged the parliament building." Naftemporiki notes that the protest outside the parliament building took place in parallel with the sessions related to the budget update which were held inside the building. The Greek edition refers to the local news agency AMPE and the French news agency.

The article reads that former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov had urged today's Prime Minister Oresharski to resign. In conclusion, the Greek edition emphasizes that the protests against corruption have been held in Sofia every day during the summer, and the discontent with poverty and high electricity bills had been the cause for the fall of Borisov’s government in February.

Ethnos newspaper reports that, after the clashes with police, there were 18 injured in the anti-government protests in Sofia which, until recently, had been peaceful. The article reads that deputies, ministers and journalists left the parliament building at about 4 am, when the riot police forces broke through the makeshift barricades of the protesters.

Ethnos refers to sources of the protests, according to which the police had deliberately provoked tension. The newspaper draws particular attention to the fact that global media have paid attention to the developments in Bulgaria due to the unrest.

The online edition of Ta Nea newspaper reports that 109 people had been blocked in the parliament building and were unable to leave it at 10 pm. It cites President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev, who called for peaceful protests and avoidance of any action that could catalyze tension. Kathimerini newspaper has focused on Plevneliev’s words too, choosing the title of "Bulgarian President calls for peaceful protests".

The online edition of Proto Thema newspaper has preferred to focus on the words of Sergey Stanishev, leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, choosing the title "Bulgaria: the siege of parliament was an act of vandalism".

In its morning broadcast, Skai TV presented the event as a blockade due to the 40 days of protests against high electricity bills. The international news department of the television paid more attention to William and Kate’s royal baby than to the causes of unrest in neighbouring Bulgaria.

Tags: PoliticsBulgariaProtestsOresharskiGreek media
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