The European Commission is closely monitoring the protests in Bulgaria and called on the police to respect the principle of proportional use of force.
“The European Commission is closely monitoring the protests in Bulgaria. We support the right to peaceful protest as a fundamental right. And, although the issue of law enforcement constitutes a purely national affair, we remind you that any use of force must be strictly proportionate”, said Christian Wiegand, a spokesman for the European Commission.
He stressed that the Commission is in constant contact with the Bulgarian authorities and the message has been delivered.
After 22.00 on Wednesday night, clashes broke out in the square in front of the new building of the National Assembly, in the area of the triangle of power. Young and radical citizens started attacking the police with various objects, while the peaceful protesters who attended their own protest withdrew. Shortly after midnight, the police proceeded to clear the square.
At around 3.00 am, protesters blocked the main intersections in Sofia.
Yesterday marked the 56th day of anti-government protests across Bulgaria. Citizens demand the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Attorney General Ivan Geshev and the holding of fair parliamentary elections. /ibna