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Protest in front of Parliament

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Students, eco-activists, farmers and everyone else who is unsatisfied with the Bulgarian government were in front of the houses of Parliament.

With sound:

http://pano.bg360.net/sofia/protest_en.php

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A: Bulgarian Parliament

od Dimitar Torbov, 20 meters away

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B: Bulgaria, Sofia, Clement Of Ohrid Park

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C: Sofia University Saint Kliment Ohridski

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F: Belfry of Alexander Nevski Church

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Belfry of Alexander Nevski Church

G: Aleksander Nevski Cathedral

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Aleksander Nevski Cathedral

H: Sofia Around University

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I: Bulgaria. Sofia. St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral #1

od Victor Orlovsky, 220 meters away

Bulgaria. Sofia. St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral #1

J: Bulgaria. Sofia. St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral #2

od Victor Orlovsky, 230 meters away

Bulgaria. Sofia. St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral #2

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