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Protesting students wearing gas masks and carrying fake guns made of cardboard participate in a demonstration in front of the parliament in Sofia November 20, 2013. Thousands of Bulgarians joined several separate rallies on Wednesday against rampant corruption, low incomes and high unemployment in the European Union's poorest country, mounting pressure on the Socialist-led government.

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Students in gas masks and carrying cardboard fake guns demonstrate in front of the parliament in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Wednesday. Thousands of people joined rallies against corruption, low incomes and high unemployment, raising pressure on the Socialist-led government in the European Union’s poorest country.

A Syrian refugee holds a baby in a refugee camp set in the town of Harmanli, south-east of Sofia on November 12, 2013.  Bulgaria's asylum centres are severely overcrowded after the arrival of almost 10,000 refugees this year, half of them Syrian. The influx has fuelled anti-immigrant sentiment in a country already struggling with dire poverty.

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A Syrian refugee holds a baby in a refugee camp in the town of Harmanli, southeast of Sofia on Tuesday. Bulgaria’s asylum centres are severely overcrowded after the arrival of almost 10,000 refugees this year, half of them from Syria.

Syrian children play on a tree as they wait for the distribution of food outside a refugee centre in Sofia October 29, 2013.

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Syrian children play on a tree as they wait for the distribution of food outside a refugee centre in Sofia on Tuesday.

Members of an international religious movement called the White Brotherhood perform a ritual dance near Babreka lake, in Rila Mountain, some 100 km (62 miles) south of Sofia, August 19, 2013, as part of celebration of their New Year. The teaching of the movement, whose founder is Bulgarian Peter Danov, is a synthesis of Christianity and Hinduism with a heavy emphasis on brotherly love, a healthy diet and living in harmony with nature.

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Members of an international religious movement called the White Brotherhood perform a ritual dance near Babreka lake, in the Rila Mountain, about 100 km south of Sofia, Bulgaria, as part of their New Year celebrations. The teaching of the movement, whose founder is Peter Danov, is a synthesis of Christianity and Hinduism with a heavy emphasis on brotherly love, a healthy diet and living in harmony with nature

Children play in a dam to cool off as a heatwave strikes Sofia on July 29, 2013. Temperatures in the Balkan country reached 39 degrees Celsius on Monday.

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Children play in a dam to cool off as a heatwave strikes Sofia. Temperatures in Bulgaria reached 39 degrees Celsius on Monday.

A Bulgarian girl sits on the street holding a Bulgarian flag during an anti-government rally near the Bulgarian parliament building in Sofia, Bulgaria, 03 July 2013, in an attempt to block the street. Thousands of protestors, for more than two weeks now, are protesting every day around the country demanding the resignation of the four-week-old Socialist-led government of Plamen Oresharski.

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A Bulgarian girl sits on the street holding a flag during an anti-government rally near the parliament building in Sofia, in an attempt to block the street. Read more

A pregnant woman reads a book as she sit...A pregnant woman reads a book as she sits on an empty boulevard in central Sofia, on the sidelines of massive anti-government protests on June 27, 2013, to try to prevent lawmakers from entering and to press for the government's resignation, but Bulgarian lawmakers succeeded in opening parliament for the first time this week. Thousands of Bulgarians, sick of a political class they see as too dependent on shadowy oligarchs, have taken to the streets every night since June 14, just four months after anti-poverty and corruption rallies ousted the previous conservative cabinet.   TOPSHOTS    AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFFDIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images

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A pregnant woman reads a book as she sits on an empty boulevard in central Sofia, Bulgaria on the sidelines of protests to try to prevent lawmakers from entering parliament and to press for the government’s resignation. However lawmakers succeeded in opening parliament for the first time this week. Read more

A man takes a rest next to a wall covered with riped pre-election posters of Boyko Borisov, the leader of the Bulgarian conservative GERB party and a former Prime Minister in a Sofia suburb on May 13, 2013. Bulgaria faced fresh political uncertainty Monday after tough guy ex-premier Boyko Borisov fell way short of a majority in elections held three months after mass demonstrations forced his government's resignation.

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A man takes a rest next to a wall covered with ripped pre-election posters of Boyko Borisov, the leader of the Bulgarian conservative GERB party and a former prime minister, in a Sofia suburb. Bulgaria faced fresh political uncertainty on Monday after tough guy ex-premier Mr Borisov fell way short of a majority in elections held three months after mass demonstrations forced his government’s resignation.