Thousands protest in Bulgaria against ‘mafia’ government


Reuters
November 12, 2013

Policemen and protesters push each other in front of the Parliament building during an anti-government protest in Sofia on November 10, 2013 (AFP Photo/Dimitar Dilkoff)

Policemen and protesters push each other in front of the Parliament building during an anti-government protest in Sofia on November 10, 2013 (AFP Photo/Dimitar Dilkoff)

Hundreds of Bulgarian students tried to blockade lawmakers inside parliament on Tuesday, escalating their street demonstrations against the Socialist-led government.

However, they were unable to break a heavy police cordon around the building despite throwing objects at the officers. Five protesters were detained after scuffles with riot police.

The protest was organized by students who have chained shut the doors of the Balkan country’s biggest university since Monday, occupying lecture halls and preventing teaching.

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