Protests in Bulgaria

This item appears on page 18 of the August 2013 issue.

Thousands of people took part in nightly protests held in Sofia and other cities in Bulgaria during June. Sparked by the appointment of a media mogul to the head of security, demonstrators moved on to protest graft and the political influence of organized crime. Protesters called for laws to strengthen the courts, to support freedom of the media and to prevent business groups from receiving public funds.