First Eight Days of Protest in Sofia, Bulgaria, Anti-corruption, antigovernment, anti-police.

Updated: Oct 12, 2020

July 17, 2020. Protesters have filled the streets of Sofia and, increasingly, other Bulgarian cities, over the course of the last 8 days and nights, demanding the resignation of the country's president who is widely seen as corrupt and having badly mismanaged the coronavirus pandemic and the economy. Thousands of angry people fill the streets and their numbers continue to grow, all clamoring for a new government. Of course, all of this is part of waves of protests sweeping the planet, the closest to Sofia being Belgrade, Serbia, where the resignation of the president was also demanded with many protesters arrested, over mostly the mismanagement of the pandemic and corruption. In both cases, the governments are seen as favoring the interests of the rich and powerful to the detriment of the people.

On Thursday, the 16th of July, protesters began at the triangle of power in Sofia, following a traditional protest route and then gathering again in front of the Council of Ministers. A little after 10 pm, several smoke bombs were thrown into the square, escalating tension. In order to avoid provocations by agitators, the protesters formed a live chain in front of the police cordon. In a sign of gratitude, the police removed their shields.

While the protests lasted for days recently in Serbia, and they continue in Belgrade, mostly it is a struggle to free from custody those protesters who were arrested during the first days of the protest. Bulgaria, however, shows signs of having a broader base, representing a protest against inept management from the coronavirus and a corrupt president, with a certain deeper level supporting the movement that is anti-oligarchical, and even anti-corporate, clearly inspired to some extent by events in the USA, Bernie Sanders, and Black Lives Matter. All available evidence at this time points to these being watershed times in Bulgaria, in fact, along with Serbia, bringing Eastern Europe onto the frontlines of global protest against abuse of authority.

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Protest2020! 2020 is the year of protest, ushered in on the heels of 2019, which saw numerous social explosions in the last few months of the year. Climate change, in particular, is feeding a well-founded sense of fear, particularly among the vulnerable and their activist allies whose lives and futures are highly precarious. In fact, all of us are vulnerable, and awareness is growing of the way in which we are all in this together. While in most places, most notably Hong Kong, protests have turned violent and thousands of arrests have been made, there have not yet been large numbers of fatalities, although dozens of protestors have died and continue to die in South America. In other parts of the world, most notably the Middle East – home to warfare for decades – particularly in Iraq and its neighbor and former enemy Iran, hundreds of protestors have been killed with live, military-grade ammunition. After 5 years of civil war in Syria, protest has given way to military action hand in hand with death and destruction. The numbers of people murdered by the governments of the region are not fully known, and especially hard to verify in Iran, where a brutal religious dictatorship maintains a thick cloak of secrecy over such information.

Iran and its allies in Iraq are now moving precipitously towards war with the United States, in part because the mentally ill president of that country needs to wage war in order to win reelection. Large parts of the world that are the most vulnerable to the ravages of climate change are already suffering; places like the Philippines are experiencing devastating and lethal storms, one after the other, breaking all historical records.

Much of Australia has been on fire for months as we ring in 2020, accompanied by the hottest temperatures on record. This is changing Australian lives, politics, and the consciousness of the ordinary Australian who is now getting involved in the struggle to save their island, and coming to a better understanding of how their survival is linked to the rest of the world. In Japan, forces are growing in protest to push the Japanese government towards support for the Hong Kong protestors, confronting mainland China; also supporting the struggles of minority groups in mainland China, reporting on government abuses, etc. The US government has expressed its full support for the Hong Kong protestors, further escalating tensions between these two superpowers along with ally Russia. These tensions were already at their most aggravated moments as a result of the US/China trade war.

To make matters still worse, especially for SE Asia, the North Korean dictator is threatening the use of a new strategic weapon. Our world on the arrival first of 2020 and now 2021, is a tinderbox as never before. The 2020 presidential elections in the USA will be the single greatest determining factor for the survival of the planet. Given that the current president preaches a doctrine of conflict and confrontation rather than collaboration, and denies that climate change is even exacerbated by man-made actions, if he is re-elected, there will be little hope for our world in the short term.

Here at, we invite you to protest, share your views, and help us all to march towards a more sustainable and peaceful world that will not totally implode, at least within our lifetimes, leaving hope for life to continue in more intelligent forms, better appreciating our planetary home. We ultimately seek harmony with nature so as to preserve life as we know it, as we dream it could be. Everything depends on how hard we are willing to fight to make it so.


Let’s get arrested, the more the merrier!