Experiments with Truth: Analysis

Students in Bulgaria want their entire government to resign

This week’s most ambitious revolutionary news comes from Bulgaria, where a load of students are occupying their universities and demanding “the mass resignation of the current government.” That might sound like a big demand—entire cabinets aren’t generally known to leave their posts because some angry students told them to—but there have been widespread protests against the coalition government since the summer. Their approval rating has continued to plummet, and now stands at a new low of 12 percent, so it’s evident that not many people are supportive of those in power.

The backlash started on the June 14, in reaction to media tycoon Delyan Peevski being appointed as head of Bulgaria’s national security agency. Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski said that, despite his complete lack of experience, Peevski—who happens to own about 80 percent of Bulgarian media—was the perfect candidate to put an end to organised crime and smuggling in the country. The president Rosen Plevneliev disagreed, claiming that Peevski’s appointment had damaged the prime minister’s credibility.

The uproar didn’t stop there and, after thousands took to the streets complaining of nepotism, Peevski withdrew from the position after just one day, on June 15. This did little to quell the protests— Bulgarians hadn’t been happy with the way their country was being run for a while, and Oresharski’s decision was merely the catalyst they needed to start voicing their dissent.

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