Bulgarians take to the streets to protest corruption | Focus on Europe

published on August 2, 2020

Protesters have been taking to the streets of the capital sophia and most other major bulgarian cities for weeks now they number in the tens of thousands they're calling for the government to step down accusing politicians of getting too cozy with the country's

Oligarchs and that's led to massive corruption among officials and members of the government

Prolatina zlatanova and her husband mahmoud come out to join the protesters every day in all kinds of weather in spite of the rain we're back again

Today because we have to do this we're from a family that suffered a great deal from everything that's happened in this country

The corruption the lawlessness i have a duty to be here for the sake of my child's future prolatina's father owns a company that makes elevators an influential attorney decided he would

Take it over and prolatina says he was aided by the public prosecutor prolatina's father refused to bow to the pressure and went public with the affair now he's fled the country since then

His family claims they've been continuously harassed and then a special police unit broke into their house in a drawer they allegedly discovered gold coins that hadn't been there before

She says a surveillance camera recorded the home intrusion prolatina arrived later she shows us where the coins were allegedly found the first thing i did was open the

Drawer i didn't touch anything this drawer contained only clothes and a folder of receipts um but they produced a little bag of coins

Father who's in hiding somewhere in western europe she can still reach him by telephone she says but the police confiscated her laptop hello papa how are you it's grim

Extremely grim do you know how people look at me where i am now they feel sorry for me once the coronavirus crisis is over three million bulgarians will flee to western europe

The only ones left in the country will be the police public prosecutors and attorneys the protests flared up on july 9th on the black sea coast when demonstrators formed up in front of billionaire and

Ex-politician ahmed dhogan's he's said to have close ties to the government the police tried to stop the demonstration but the crowd managed to break through to dogan's illegal private beach

Many bulgarians deeply resent these special privileges the oligarchs buy for themselves journalist javer siddruff sees a moment of decision coming for bulgarian society they know full well what this is about

We're talking about widespread corruption here in bulgaria that has infiltrated everywhere and now has a stranglehold on our political system economy and society the younger generation's always been

Rather passive when it comes to politics but now it's gone too far they're not sees at least some of the demonstrators as enemies of the country and does not agree that the government should step

Down unfortunately people are joining the demonstrations who are obviously not interested in the future of democracy nor injustice or liberty the demonstrators for their part insist

They won't back down till their demands are met we shall call a national strike until these faces we see up there step down we won't go away we'll do everything in

Our power to achieve a new beginning and we'll keep at it till we succeed prolatina is also hoping the current government of prime minister boikou borisov won't last much longer he says he won't step down because

There's no alternative but i believe there is an alternative for bulgaria she's afraid that until a new government is in power her father won't be able to

Return to bulgaria she has no idea when she'll be able to see him again you

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