I haven’t written here in so long that most of my followers have probably forgotten about me. Stuff happened you know, but I had no desire and energy to write about it. Life, you know… anyway, seriously not important.
What is important is this:
Last Friday the government in Bulgaria appointed a certain person to lead a certain government agency. A person of very questionable background and reputation, very compromised in the eyes of the public, but hey, show me a politician that is not. In the beginning of the same week a law has been changed in order to assure the aforementioned person appointment. The actual procedure of appointing took 15 minute, with no discussion what so ever. And now it got interesting…
There is probably no one that can give an answer as to why this happened. The government could have appointed anyone to lead this agency and have their strings pulled at any direction from the shadows. This is what they do in Bulgaria. But they did not do that… and what followed was amazing. And hopeful.
For less than 8 hours an event in FB was formed with 50 000 + going, against the appointment. Of those 50 000 +, 10 000 + went that same evening in front of the Ministry Council building to protest.
10 000 +! You see, people in Bulgaria don’t protest, not like that, not in such a way. We endure. We tolerate. We find ways to cope. We find excuses. But not that evening. I was amazed to see so many showing up. Middle-class people, with education, jobs, families and choice. Bright young faces, smiling, hopeful, involved, interested, and so so angry at what was happening. You can’t imagine the energy. With time, more and more people joined. We filled in the streets, as far as the eye could see. We were there because we have had enough to the point of no return. We were pushed, so arrogantly and in such an ugly and disgusting manner, to a place, where we could only do one thing - fight back. Peacefully, in an non aggressive, beautiful way that is terrifying for the people in power. Because if you are violent they can send the police to crush you. But when you shout the truth and demand change, there is nothing they can do to shut you down, unless they want to be condemned as non-civilised governors and tyrants - and yes, what is happening in Istanbul is a perfect example of that.
So, I have hope for my country for the first time in 10 years. I look forward the days to come with a full heart and although I am a little afraid that all this energy will not be focused correctly at the end, the sole fact that this happened (and continues every evening since Friday) is that new, amazing thing, I was waiting for, to give me a sign that Bulgarians are still alive, kicking and strong.