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2 articles of this author have been cited in the European Press Review so far. - Bulgaria | 28/10/2013

Bulgaria's students have revolutionary flair

Around a hundred students have been occupying the main building of the University of Sofia since Friday and demanding the dissolution of the parliament and new elections. Other cities too are seeing student protest actions. The news portal is delighted "that there are still young people in Bulgaria who don't dream of becoming dishwashers in Western Europe but actively want to influence the situation in their home country when they see the injustices there. They are teaching Bulgarian society a lesson in civic responsibility. The fact that they are backed by many teachers shows that the academics want to have their say in the country. ... Ignoring the many critics who say that given the current political chaos the last thing the country needs now is yet another protest, the demonstrators have restored the term 'student' to its full meaning." - Bulgaria | 05/06/2013

Turks want democracy, Bulgarians electricity

Although the mass protests in Turkey share certain traits with those in Bulgaria last winter, they differ in their basic objectives, the online portal comments: "What sparked the protests in Turkey were the plans to cut down trees in Taksim Square. The conservationists' enthusiasm quickly spread to others who are dissatisfied with Prime Minister Erdoğan's authoritarian style of leadership. ... The only thing they are demanding is a dialogue with those in power and an apology for the police violence. ... What sparked the protests in Bulgaria this winter were high electricity bills. The popular anger was directed at the monopolies in the country, the parking fees, the low wages, the unemployment, the high food prices. ... Protests have something in common all over the world: they express the people's anger. What differentiates them is their perspective. The Turkish protest has a long-term perspective: democracy. The Bulgarian protests, by contrast, had a short-term one: we want to be able to pay our bills."

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