For months, for some a minor hobby has been disputes about turnouts at anti-government meetings.
The Interior Ministry’s estimates have been called into question, to say the least, by the supporters of the protests – as of November 16, in their 156th day – demanding the resignation of the Bulgarian Socialist Party government.
November 16 saw the Bulgarian Socialist Party-Movement for Rights and Freedoms pro-government rally in Sofia, and an anti-government protest by centre-right opposition party GERB in Bulgaria’s second city Plovdiv.
According to the Interior Ministry, turnout at the BSP-MRF rally was 50 000, while 1700 police were on duty. The ministry said that the GERB event in Plovdiv had an attendance of 15 000, while 250 police were on duty.