After the recent events that rocked Turkey, Egypt, and Brazil, I thought it would be best to give you a quick update on the current situation in Bulgaria. By now, you probably have already heard about the ongoing protests in the country and might be wondering if it is still safe to travel there. The short answer is: YES! Yes it is!-the protests are peaceful!
So what’s the story?: For the past three weeks, tens of thousands of young, bright and educated Bulgarians along with a good size of the intellectual elite of the country, has been pouring out on the streets of major cities such as Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas to protest corruption and lack of transparency in government appointments. They are demanding for the current government to resign and a new, more representative of the people, electoral system to be implemented. Alas, their voices are yet to be heard by the ruling elite.
Who are the protesters: “Recent marches have drawn in members of the young, educated middle class who use Facebook and Twitter and turn up with strollers and bicycles.” – The Economist
What are they protesting: “They call for more transparency, less corruption, an effective fight against organized crime and an end to the rule of local oligarchs.” – The Economist
You can read more about the nature of the protests, what sparked them and possible ways out of the current situation in The Economist’s article entitled “Bulgarian protests: Noresharski! Noligarchy!”
The State Department has not issued any warnings for traveling to Bulgaria and rightly so, as there is no significant risk to travelers from proactive citizens who are using their democratic right to raise their voices and concerns in a peaceful and law-obeying manner. Yet another reason of why I love Bulgaria!
My family and some of our American friends will be arriving in Bulgaria late this month and in the first two weeks of the next. If you are headed out there, enjoy your stay!
P.S. Crave more? Our Resources on Bulgaria page is updated regularly & features lots of interesting & useful reads. Check it out! 😉