November 2, 1989 |
Bulgarian dissidents, struggling under one of Eastern Europe's most orthodox Communist governments, formed a group Wednesday to monitor human rights. Activist Anton Zapryanov said he and 11 others had founded the Helsinki Watch committee to check Bulgaria's compliance with the human rights provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Declaration on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Similar committees exist in Western European countries as well as in Czechoslovakia and Hungary.
November 4, 1989 |
More than 4,000 Bulgarians shouting "Democracy!" and "Glasnost!" rallied Friday outside the National Assembly in that country's first mass protest in four decades of Communist rule. The cheering but orderly crowd had joined a brief march organized by an unofficial ecology group to present lawmakers with a petition on environmental problems. "It was electrifying, the biggest sign of hope that seems to be mounting here," said one Western diplomat in the crowd.