site.btaProtesters Block Key Roads Near Coal-fired Power Plants in Bulgaria
Protesting miners and energy workers blocked key roads across Bulgaria on Friday - Trakia motorway, Struma motorway, and the Danube Bridge border crossing. Their demands are for revisions of the Territorial Just Transition Plans (TJTPs) in the coal regions across the country. Energy workers urged the Council of Mnisters to postpone their agenda item on the TJTPs, which was to be considered during a Friday extraordinary meeting.
Shortly before 7:00 a.m., protesters near Stara Zagora, southern Bulgaria, limited the possibility of passing near the village of Gurkovo. They also blocked the cloverleaf interchange of Trakia motorway to Stara Zagora and Haskovo, the main road between Stara Zagora and Haskovo in the area of the village of Zagore, the main road between Sofia and Burgas, and traffic in front of Brikel Coal-fired Power Plant.
Protesters blocked Struma motorway, southwestern Bulgaria, but they let vehicles pass every ten minutes, taking into consideration that some people are on their way to hospitals and Sofia airport, Todorka Damyanova from the Dupnitsa regional Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) said.
Toplofikatsia Ruse employees organized a protest Friday morning near the Danube Bridge border crossing. They drove around the roundabout in the area with their private vehicles and blocked the traffic for about half an hour.