The Romanian law on smells was presented as exemplary at an ecological protest in Rousse

Rousse’s air is being polluted by the indusrial zone in the Eastern part of the town (photo: Pixabay, CC0)

The ecological activist Rostislav Kandilarov urged the political and civic organisations, which are supportive of the demonstrations in the Danubean city, to support a similar Bulgarian law

Vladimir Mitev

The Bulgarian political and civic organisations have to follow the example of the Romanian law on smells and to put forward in the parliament a law, which would allow the citizens to attack in court smells, without any need for the Regional Inspection on Environment and Waters to have established that there is pollution. That was the opinion, which the ecological activist Rostislav Kandilarov expressed on the large ecological protest, which took place on 24 September 2020 in the centre of Rousse.

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Bulgarian protests: battles over anti-corruption?

The article’s screenshot at Open Democracy (photo: The Bridge of Friendship)

It is said that after the protests the division line in Bulgarian society is not between right and left, but between the honest and ”the captive state”. It looks like these protests are a clash of two different concepts for anti-corruption

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published at the Open Democracy site on 27 July 2020.

The Bulgarian protests of the summer of 2020 constitute an unusual eruption of political energy. Bulgaria has been known for its apathy and lack of social mobility, with many of its young people emigrating to the west for at least two decades. Today the younger generation – people in their twenties – are the most visible face of the protests. But the protests are also ‘universal’: a conflation of all kinds of ideologies, ages and geopolitical allegiances can be found represented in the squares of the big cities.

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Borissov reacts to the protests, Bulgarian youth continues demonstrations

Maria Cernat and Vladimir Mitev (photo: Faceboook)

How do the Bulgarian protests unfold and what is the quarrel all about?

Maria Cernat

The Bulgarian protests have been taking place every evening after 9 July 2020. They demonstrate youth’s mobilization, but continue to be heterogeneous. Government shuffle is expected. Apart from the revolt against political cynicism, there is also a confrontation between two visions for anti-corruption. I have discussed these things and about the international implication in the protests with Vladimir Mitev, the editor of the Barricade Romania in the evening of 17 July 2020.

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