Thousands of Bulgarian Miners Rally in Sofia

Sofia, 5 March 2013: Thousands of disgruntled miners from all over Bulgaria held a protest march against feared closures of several cola-fired power plants

(All Images Copyright 2013 © by Johann Brandstätter/ JB Photography)

Workers in Bulgarian coal mines fear the closure of their pits after it was announced that the operation of several coal-fired power plants will be reduced to minimum capacity and might even be closed. The three coal-fired power plants of the Maritsa Istok complex in Southeastern Bulgaria are the largest power plants of that type on the Balkans, although other facilities like the one in Bobov Dol near Sofia are affected as well.