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Oh well, if 40 policemen are needed to arrest a single man with a tomato, for a man with an aubergine, we’ll need to call NATO
On November 20 I will buy from the supermarket 6 (six) rotten tomatoes and distribute them to one of the six institutions which I addressed. At 10 am, I will be in front of the Parliament, and I will throw a tomato at its facade in protest against the lack of orientation, professionalism and patriotism in lawmaking. I will do so to protest low-quality law texts bringing only misfortunes to the society and the Bulgarian citizen. The law should be socially useful, not crafted against the people. Then I will go to the Presidential palace and hurl the next tomato at its facade. It will be against the consistent inaction by the presidential institution, its stooped posture while meeting with international representatives and the appointment of lowlives as diplomats. [I will throw it] against the uncritical attitude in signing the decrees of laws coming into force. The third tomato will be thrown in front of the Prime Minister’s HQs for overall policies and actions against the society and national interests. The fourth tomato will be thrown against the Courthouse. I don’t need to explain why to my compatriots. The fifth and the sixth tomatoes will be thrown against the Bulgarian National Television and the Bulgarian National Radio because they serve a small bunch of political criminals and gangsters on our money.
From an open letter published on November 14 by Nikolay Kolev, aka Bossiya (The Barefoot) on his blog.
On November 20, Bossiya was arrested in front of the Parliament, where reportedly 40 policemen were deployed waiting for him to show up.
On November 24, with rotten tomatoes in hand, people gathered in front of the Bulgarian Parliament in the capital city of Sofia to show support for Bossiya and kick start what has come to be known as Bulgaria’s Tomato Revolution.
I was threatened, blackmailed, insulted, emotionally abused and psychologically tortured…One interrogator said to me: “Take a good look at the window, this will be the last time you ever see the sun.”… [Another] saw a picture of me and my best friend hugging. He then asked me if I was a lesbian.
Sudanese blogger and Global Voices Author Maha Elsanosi vividly describes her three days of interrogation at the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), after being arrested in Sudan.