Many Bulgarians are fed up with tyrannical COVID-19 jab mandates and decided to take a stand at the nation’s parliament in Sofia.
The group of anti-mandate protestors arrived in Sofia from across the Balkan nation waving their country’s flag to voice their displeasure of COVID-19 Green Passes.
Reports indicated there was an attempt to storm the National Assembly Building, but the protestors did not breach the building.
The standoff between ant-mandate protestors and police forces reportedly lasted about two hours.
Watch the chaotic footage below:
🇧🇬 Bulgaria – Sofia [Jan 12, 2022]
People in Bulgaria are DONE with the healthpass tyranny and try to storm the parliament!#NoVaccinePassports #NoGreenPass #NoAlPaseSanitario #DoNotComply #NonAuPassSanitaire #PassaporteSanitarioNao #Freiheit #nejtillvaccinpass #GeenQR pic.twitter.com/XL751Wek64
— 🏛️ BMedia 🇳🇱📵 (@BananaMediaQ) January 12, 2022
🇧🇬 #Bulgaria now.
— Pierre Davide Borrelli (@PierreDBorrelli) January 12, 2022
Bulgaria: Police push back "Green Pass" protesters trying to storm parliament pic.twitter.com/IRNy27lO03
— GTB 🇬🇧🏴 (@gtb1964) January 12, 2022
The security services of the Parliament of #Bulgaria are barricading the entrances with offices after protesters opposing the health pass tried to storm Parliament. #Bulgaria pic.twitter.com/VH7muVG4Fd
— Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil (@ivan_8848) January 12, 2022
Anti-vaxxers try to storm Bulgaria’s parliament https://t.co/LDC78vxUdw
— EURACTIV Politics (@eaPolitics) January 12, 2022
Anti-vaccine protesters in Bulgaria tried to storm Parliament during a rally against COVID restrictions in the capital, but they did not breach the building.
Over 1,000 people gathered in Sofia to protest mask and vaccine mandates. About 28% of people are fully vaccinated. pic.twitter.com/ap81C0hEXH
— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 12, 2022
— Mike Eckel (@Mike_Eckel) January 12, 2022
Euractiv labeled all the protestors “anti-vaxxers:”
Anti-vaxxers rallied by the pro-Russian party ‘Vazrazhdane” tried to storm the Bulgarian parliament building on Wednesday (12 January) on the same day the country peaked with the highest-ever confirmed number of COVID-19 infections.
Some 500 protesters, brought from around the country with buses and waving the flag of the extremist party, attempted to enter parliament at 12:15 pm local time but were pushed back by police. The siege lasted more than two hours, and none of the protesters or the police wore masks.
Bulgarians must wear masks indoors and on public transport and show a health pass, given to the vaccinated, recovered, or those who have tested negative for the virus, to get into restaurants, cafes, shopping malls, and gyms.
Last month, the new centrist government appealed to vaccine-sceptical Bulgarians to get inoculated, offering a one-time cash reward of 75 leva (EUR 35.8) to pensioners who opt to get fully vaccinated or take a booster.
To lead by example, lawmakers voted to make the health pass mandatory for entry to parliament from 24 January.
‘Vazrazhdane’ (Revival) is a pro-Russian force represented in parliament for the first time following the November elections, having crossed the 4% threshold thanks to its anti-vaccine and anti-vaccine certificate rhetoric.
The party preaches that coronavirus restrictions are useless, because as they claim, even in countries with high vaccination rates, the infections are skyrocketing. The party organised the protest to press the government to give up the certificate for vaccination.
The nationalist group is campaigning against immunization, green certificates and measures to tackle the pandemic. Its deputies describe the vaccines against COVID-19 as “experimental”. This statement is not true because the vaccines have passed the necessary tests and have been approved by the health authorities.
The protest comes at the beginning of the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the last 24 hours, more than 7,000 people have been infected in Bulgaria , which is the largest number since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Currently, more than 5,000 people are being treated in hospitals with COVID-19, and the victims have exceeded 31,000.
The main part of the participants in the demonstration arrived in Sofia from different parts of Bulgaria with flights that were parked in front of the National Art Gallery. A model of a gallows with a safety mask tied to a rope awaited them in front of the parliament. There was a sound system and a video wall, on which Kostadinov himself later appeared.
He was not present at the event, as he was quarantined for attending a meeting of the National Security Advisory Council (SCSC) on Monday, after which it turned out that Parliament Speaker Nikola Minchev had tested positive for COVID-19.
The beginning of the protest was announced by patriotic music and well-known calls for “compulsory vaccination”, “medical fascism” and “deprivation of basic human rights.”
Like other countries, Bulgarians fighting against medical tyranny are smeared as “extremists” by the media.
Corrupt health authorities continue getting away with calling the experimental COVID-19 injections “safe and effective.”
But more people are waking up to the truth behind the dangerous, useless injections.
As reported by Statista, Bulgaria has the lowest COVID-19 inoculation rate in Europe as of January 9, 2022.