Bulgaria: Protesters Demand Withdrawal From NATO
Sofia News Agency
February 15, 2015
Anti-NATO Protest Staged in Downtown Sofia
About a hundred people have demonstrated against Bulgaria’s NATO membership, calling on the alliance “to leave” the country.
The event started at Sunday noon at the square in front of Bulgaria’s Presidency and later headed to the National Assembly. It was formally organized by the Bulgarian Anti-Fascist Union.
Protesters demanded that Bulgaria remain neutral in any military action that could be carried out by the Alliance and revoke all of its commitments relating to a “direct or indirect war in Ukraine.”
The country should quit NATO as well, they believe.
Sunday’s event comes against the backdrop of an earlier decision to have a NATO command center located in Bulgaria alongside five other Eastern European member states.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, however, insists the units are to ensure rapid deployment in case of a crisis and will help coordinate joint drills and training.