Several hundred supporters of a Bulgarian nationalist party gathered in front of the National Assembly Building in Sofia on Thursday, to protest against the extent of the anti-COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the government.
Tensions rose when several activists tried to break through a police cordon around the building, with a handful being detained.
Members of the Vazrazhdane (Revival) party... Еще believe that the lockdown measures are hitting the country's economy, and demanded the centre-right government of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov step down over what they see as mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis.
It was the first public demonstration in Bulgaria since the introduction of a state of emergency two months ago. The government started easing the lockdown in late April, but social distancing in public places and the closure of borders are still in place.
Bulgaria has registered 2,100 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 99 related deaths, according to the latest data collected by the Johns Hopkins University.