Bulgaria: Riot police and protesters clash in Bulgaria as corruption crisis deepens

Riot police and protesters clashed on Wednesday in a significant escalation of street demonstrations against Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov that have been running for almost two months.

Thousands of people packed the centre of Sofia in what is being dubbed a “grand national uprising” to demand the resignation of both Borissov and the country’s chief prosecutor, Ivan Geshev. The protesters are incensed by the country’s rampant corruption argue the two men have allowed powerful oligarchs to take control of core institutions such as the judiciary and abuse them for personal gain.

Demonstrators have gathered in Sofia every evening since early July to protest a decline in the rule of law and state capture by oligarchs. Borissov, the leader of centre-right GERB party, has dominated the political landscape for more than a decade.

This article has been summarised, the full original article can be found at scmp.com

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