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08.08.2013 18:51 - Who are the Bulgarians that take to the streets?
Автор: kiselinchev Категория: Политика   
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The Bulgarian political analyst Ognian Minchev wrote an article, which was published August 1st 2013 under the title “The Bulgarians take to the street”. The author of this pamphlet expounded his view of the current protest movement in Bulgaria according to which the movement is an attempt of the citizens to throw off the burden of an oligarchic power bloc which has taken control of parliamentary, executive and judicial power. He complains that the peaceful anti-establishment protest in Bulgaria has been overshadowed by the recent upheavals in Egypt, Turkey and Brazil. Furthermore, whereas the newly emerged Egyptian, Turkish and Brazilian middle classes oppose authoritarianism, radical Islam and corruption, protesters in Bulgaria have been trying for about 50 days to take down an absolute oligarchic power which “pulls the strings” from behind of the state and its institutions. On the whole, Ognian Minchev takes a geo-political approach, keeping in mind that Bulgaria is a NATO member-state and an EU member-state which leads to turning its back on Russia, a traditional patron of Bulgaria. Following the disintegration of the Soviet Union, our country’s links with Russia have been drastically weakened in pursuit of free market economy and liberal democracy. The major issue, in Ognian Minchev’s opinion, is that after the latest parliamentary elections of May 12 this year, the new parliament appointed a cabinetwith Plamen Oresharsky as PM. He is known to be a capable and respected economist, supported entirely by the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the Movements for Rights and Freedom. O. Minchev doesn’t miss the opportunity to point out that in the shadow of Oresharsky stand Sergey Stanishev and Ljutvi Mestan who are actually making major decisions. In less than one week after the constitution of the newly elected Parliament and Oresharsky government, the main streets and squares of Sofia were filled with crowds of people demanding resignation of the cabinet and urgent early general elections. As far as could be assessed from the continual media coverage the protestors are mainly: (i) supporters of right centrist party of ex-PM Boyko Borissov; (ii) what is left from the other disintegrated right movements and parties that didn’t even succeed in getting a single seat in Parliament; and (iii) finally some people who are sincerely concerned about ill‑functioning Bulgarian democracy and even more ailing Bulgarian economy. So far, the situation is a draw: neither the protestors lose their momentum, nor does the government show any signs of heading towards its resignation. This cabinet is lawfully elected by a lawfully elected parliament. The protestors are presumed by the media to be mainly people of the newly emerging middle class that has taken shape for the last two decades. They seem to be organized, at least partially, by social networks. Who stands behind the protesters, demanding a change in the political system, which was established during the criminal transition? The first one is GERB, a party, which evolved around the “charisma” of its leader, ex-premier Boyko Borissov, a person with a huge ego. The second one is the newly created coalition from the remnants of the disintegrated Union of Democratic Forces.     And, the third political formation is even more to the right – this is the urgently constituted “reformer’s bloc”. Then comes “Bulgaria of the Citizens”, a party, whose leader is Meglena Kuneva, an ex-Euro bureaucrat with no distinctive personality. And, finally we should mention a few small parties which failed to get over the 4% barrier to get any seats in Parliament. The peaceful protests of the representatives of the so called “civic society” are accompanied by vulgar shouts, such as “red trash” as well as throwing paving stones at the House of Parliament. It is obvious that a new early general election might be called, provoked by the pressure of no more than 10,000 – 15,000 protesters on the street. The war of nerves is being waged until complete exhaustion of one of the two sides. Irrespective of what social measures are to be undertaken by the present Government, no common ground for dialogue and compromise between the protesters and the government is envisaged so far. It is quite obvious that the final objective of the ongoing protest is the resignation of the legitimately elected government and the suspension of the legitimately elected parliament. Both of them are highly inconvenient for the right and center-right political forces. A relevant question for any independently thinking observer is to ask why the resignation of the government has been so insistently and urgently required since the first day of its working agenda. The Constitutional court turned down as inadequate the appeal of the GERB party for repealing the election results. It is also quite obvious that the right wing political forces strive to come back into power through a coalition between the GERB party and The Reformers’ Bloc. They also rely on diplomatic and non-diplomatic support of the USA and the West.  Bulgaria has already made its “civilization choice” to the right and to the West, hasn’t it!?! The fact that the West tries to make its political system more transparent, less corrupted and more adequate to the expectations and needs of its citizens has no relevance to the harbingers of democracy and freedom in Bulgaria. What matters is to keep Bulgaria away from Russia as much as possible.


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