Unrest in Bulgaria

Sofia, 21 February 2013: While lawmakers vote in favor of the government’s resignation, a pro-government rally outside the parliament draws about one thousand demonstrators.

(Image Copyright 2013 © by Johann Brandstätter/ JB Photography)

Despite the show of support the lawmakers vote with overwhelming majority for the government’s resignation, thus opening the way to early elections.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov was forced to the surprise move after thousands of disgruntled Bulgarians took to the streets for a week, protesting high utility costs and low living standards.

More images from recent demonstrations in Sofia on my website.