Scuffles break out at Bulgarian anti-COVID rally

Anti-vaccine protesters tried to storm the Bulgarian parliament on Wednesday and briefly scuffled with police officers during a massive rally against coronavirus restrictions in downtown Sofia.

Tensions rose an hour after about 3,000 people gathered in front of the parliament building, demanding the lifting of a mandatory health pass which they said trampled on their rights and was a back-door means of forcing people to get vaccinated.

Protesters, many of whom arrived on buses for the rally, pushed back a police cordon around parliament and reached the front doors of the building.

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