Bulgarian riot policemen guard the main road to Sofia's main open-air dump in Suhodol.
Bulgarian riot policemen guard the main road to the open-air dump in Suhodol July 8, 2005. Bulgarian officials declared a state of crisis in the country's capital on Monday as protesters blocked the city's dump for the fourth day, causing growing piles of garbage and stoking fears of disease. Residents from the Sofia suburb of Suhodol have refused to let garbage trucks into a dump near their neighbourhood, saying the city broke a promise to shut it at the end of last month. The blockade has led to overflowing dustbins and two-metre-high mounds of rotting garbage throughout the capital, and officials said they feared outbreak of disease as a hot Balkan summer and heavy rains was speeding decomposition. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov SN/MAD