Thousands protested against the raise in retirement age and other austerity measures in Sofia on 30 November 2011.
The space between the Bulgarian parliament building and the monument of the “Tsar Liberator” (Tsar Osvoboditel) was crowded with people waving flags on that day. The major trade unions had called on all Bulgarians to make their way to the capital Sofia to voice their dissent with the proposed raise in retirement age and other cost-saving measures. The government planned also to sack several thousand state railway employees, raise train ticket prizes by up to 15 percent, slash funding for the health care system and other unpopular measures.
According to the organizers, at least 25,000 people answered their call and showed up on that Wednesday, so I had a hard time moving through the crowd. Quite a lot of shots got screwed up because at the moment when I squeezed the shutter button a head or an elbow would pop into the frame but since I am taller than the average (188 cm/6’2″), I still managed to get a couple of good shots of the masses. The one I probably like most is this one with hundreds of heads and waving flags and the impressive building of the Alexander Nevski Cathedral in the background.
Canon EOS 50D & Canon EF 4/24-105 mm L IS USM; f/5.0; 1/4000; ISO 400
More shots from that demonstration can be viewed at JB Photography – National Protest Day Bulgaria 2011.
(Image Copyright Johann Brandstätter/JB Photography)