Protesters rallied in Sofia and other major cities Saturday, some demanding the resignation of Socialist Premier Andrei Lukanov and others opposing restoration of rights to ethnic Turks.

Also, hundreds of women staged a "hunger march" late Friday through the capital, banging empty pots with spoons to protest bare stores and rations of basic goods, including some foods, electricity and gasoline.Lukanov, whose Socialist government is under growing pressure because of the Balkan country's economic crisis, has been pushing for support in parliament for economic reforms.

The reforms would slash state spending but would bring more hardship for Bulgaria's already desperate consumers.