U.S. Embassy Sofia informs U.S. citizens of a planned protest of motorcyclists in front of the Sofia Courthouse on Tuesday, August 9 at 1900 hrs. The protesters seek justice following the death of two Bulgarian motorcyclists killed in a vehicular accident on July 24th. Further reports indicate this protest will also be carried out in other major Bulgarian cities in front of their respective courthouses Wednesday, August 10 at 1900 hrs.
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