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Bulgarian Police Clash With Sofia Anti-Government Protesters

Bulgarian police clashed with protesters angered about rising unemployment and energy prices as the prime minister pledged to pull the power distribution rights of Czech utility CEZ AS after firing the finance chief.

Premier Boyko Borissov, who faces elections July 7 in the European Union’s poorest member, refused to quit today after 11 people, including five officers, were hurt yesterday. Protesters pelted Parliament with stones, smashed shop windows and battered cars, Police Commissioner Valeri Yordanov said today, as thousands marched in Sofia and other cities.