Newsbrief: Bulgaria Update -- Organized Youth Protest Against Total Cannabis Ban 4/9/04

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The following communication was distributed on the morning of Friday April 9 by the Bulgarian drug reform organization Promena.

Last Sunday the Promena Movement organized a protest against Parliament's ditching the single-dozse escape clause for people arrested for possession. Some 700-800 people marched through the central streets of Sofia waiving banners reading "In Europe or in "Jail?" and shouting "Freedom!" However modest, the demonstration is a success by Bulgarian standards, as rallies of political parties seldom enjoy more participation.

During the promotion of the protest many reported they were afraid to participate, which indicates people's fear rather than actual danger of any police action. The average age of the attendants has grown since last year, as well as the media coverage of the event.

The President did not veto the law, and the open letters Promena sent to all the institutions involved remained without response. The law change now allows for up to 15 years' imprisonment for even the smallest amount of any illicit drug. Current legislation doesn't differentiate between cannabis and heroin or cocaine.

Visit http://www.promena.org/_gligi/040404/ShestviePhotos.htm to view photos from the protest. Visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/330/bulgaria.shtml for further information on this subject.

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