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Latest protests over the fuel prices drew alarmed reactions from the governing coalition
Bulgarians from over 30 towns and cities took to the streets and blocked roads to protest over rising fuel prices and changes to vehicle transport legislation.
These changes will result in higher environmental taxes on older cars and increased automobile insurance prices, voted in by parliament in the past week.
Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov and GERB parliament chair Tsvetan Tsvetanov on Monday both pledged that car insurance prices would not soar as high as 500 euros a year, as the Bulgarian Insurers’ Association warned last week, sparking an outcry.
“Protests are part of the democratic processes, but there is a tendency of some to destabilize the country,” Tsvetanov told a press conference.
Some of the marches intertwined with other protests that took place over the last few days, including protests by mothers of disabled children, seeking a reformed disability law, and calls for action against air pollution in cities like Ruse and Pernik.
Analysts see clear parallels between rising public tensions now and the mass protests of the winter of 2013, which brought down the first government of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and his GERB party.
Political Analysis by Plamen Assenov.