Wed Feb 20th, 2013 at 05:30:07 AM EST
Novinite: Bulgaria PM: Every Drop of Blood is Shame for Us, We Quit (February 20, 2013)
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said the threats of turning the massive protests bloody has made him shockingly announce the resignation of his government on Wednesday.
_"I cannot stand looking at a bloody Eagles' Bridge,"_ he added, referring to the busy intersection in downtown Sofia that became the scene of bloody clashes between police and protesters on Tuesday.
The series of mass protests in Sofia and all other major Bulgarian cities was initially triggered by the shockingly high electricity bills in EU's poorest member state. However, many protesters have also demanded the resignation of the center-right GERB government.
This is made all the more shocking by the PM's own cavalier attitude the previous evening: Bulgarian PM Unperturbed by Mass Protests, Enjoys Game of Football
The largest protests so far were held over the weekend and Monday evening when tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in the capital Sofia and the other major cities in the country. Venting their anger at high electricity bills, the protesters demanded the resignation of the cabinet and the renationalization of power distributors.The rallies in downtown Sofia Monday evening were marked by clashes with riot police, which continued for over 4 hours with policemen chasing demonstrators on Sofia streets.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Borisov vowed to revoke the license of the local unit of Czech power utility CEZ to operate the country's national grid by the end of the day.
In addition, the PM responded with tough talk about "not resigning" to increasing pressure such as Bulgarian Left-Wing Opposition Mulls Boycotting Parliament