Bulgarian people’s anti-austerity victory

This video says about itself:

Bulgaria‘s government resigns amid protests.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Bulgaria’s government quits after violent demonstrations

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Bulgaria‘s government heeded the people’s will today, resigning en masse.

Tens of thousands have hit the streets since Sunday in protests fuelled by rising energy costs, corruption and an abysmal economy.

And just hours after violent clashes in Bulgarian capital Sofia on Tuesday night left 15 protesters injured, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said his cabinet would quit.

He told MPs: “Our power was handed to us by the people, today we are handing it back to them.”

The resignation will be voted on tomorrow and – if approved, which seems likely – elections will probably be held in April or May.

The centre-right government won elections in 2009, but has been steadily losing support since in the face of rising energy prices and the lowest wages in the EU – just 768 levs (£343) a month.

See also here.

Very recently, the Borisov administration had said that they would not resign. However, the indignation about police brutality against anti-austerity demonstrators made their position untenable.

This video says about itself:

Police Brutality in Bulgaria 19.02.2013 Bulgarian Government Resigns

Feb 20, 2013

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov told parliament on Wednesday that his entire government has resigned.

The move came after nationwide protests against the effects of high electricity prices and austerity measures in the EU’s poorest nation.

On Monday, Borisov sacked his unpopular finance minister for not moving fast enough to liberalise the country’s energy industry.

In response to widespread complaints about sky-rocketing electricity bills, Borisov also confirmed that the distribution licence of electricity provider CEZ will be revoked.

There has been no indication on whether July’s parliamentary election will be brought forward.

Borisov blamed police brutality for his personal decision to resign after 25 protesters were taken to hospital after clashes on Tuesday.

“I will not participate in a government under which police are beating people,” Borisov told parliament.

Bulgaria rallies continue as government quits: here.

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