The protestors, organized by the youth wing of Bulgarian Socialist Party, voiced opposition to sanctions against Russia, called for peace in Ukraine, and stepped out against the deployment of NATO bases in Bulgaria. Some shouted "NATO Out!" and demanded the resignations of the country's foreign and defense ministers for incompetence. Among the protestors was BSP chairman Mihail Mikov and MP Rumen Ovcharov.
In addition to their banners, protestors came with flags of Bulgaria, Russia, the Donetsk People's Republic, and red socialist and communist flags.
Bulgarians coming out to the rally had varying motivations for attendance, but all of them sought a resolution to the conflict in Ukraine. One man noted that he came "because I have two sons who are old enough that if we mobilize tomorrow, they will go to war. I do not want this. I am against any war, and especially war against Russia. They have no right to involve us in war, and that's why we're here," Bulgarian news service Dir.bg reported.
Another man noted that "the protest's aim is to show that the Bulgarian government has once again taken the wrong side in a nascent conflict which threatens to grow into a world conflict, in which Bulgaria will once again become a victim."