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    DANSing for Democracy: Bulgarian antigovernment protests span the globe


    Protests against the current Bulgarian government continue, both at home and abroad. The current government is accused of corruption, eroding democratic institutions and moving Bulgaria away from the project of European integration. So far, tens of thousands have gathered daily in Sofia, while demonstrations abroad have been held in over 25 cities around the world.

    This is Bulgaria's unique process of societal activization, interiorization of the principles of democracy and the growth of personal political participation. This will be a huge story showing Bulgarians around the world joining together to fight the particular 'facade democracy' formation in the country, and the political elites, which have remained in power over the last 23 years.

    While the global gatherings are mainly carried out as a sign of support to our fellow citizens protesting at home, they are also an attempt for all of us living abroad to show our direct engagement in domestic politics and our common vision for our nation.

    Our protests are also an attempt at strengthening the ties among Bulgarians abroad and the hashtag '#ДАНСwithme' (trans. DANSwithme - DANS is the national security agency in Bulgaria, where the nomination of Delyan Peevski as its head almost two months ago sparked the ongoing protests) is providing the basis of a new discourse, a new language bringing us all together in a new 'imagined community'.

    This is a uniquely modern and contemporary form of fighting for democratic principles and for your rights and freedoms as a citizen. In its longevity and persistence, the tightly knit community that this process is forming is a direct reflection of the new Bulgarian generation, of those who grew up or were born after the fall of the totalitarian regime and those who want to see Bulgaria consolidate its democracy and activate its civil society.

    The protest in New York will take place on August 11th, from 6-8pm, on the south/west corner of Central Park, near the Merchant’s Gate.

    For Related articles and more information on the protests you can find here : http://danswithmeworld.blogspot.com/

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