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The Story Behind This Powerful Photo Of A Police Officer And A Student Protester

"You just hold on girl."

Posted on November 14, 2013, at 12:58 p.m. ET

Stefan Stefanov / Via imgur.com

Imgur user plamentanev posted this image from Bulgaria on Wednesday. He described the scene:

This photo really moved me so much that I decided to try and raise awarenes to what is going on in my country. This girl was crying and begging the policeman not to hit her or any of her friends. Then the policeman started crying as well and he said to her: "You just hold on girl."

The photo comes from protests happening in Bulgaria right now. Students are protesting poverty and corruption in Bulgaria's Socialist-backed government, chaining themselves to the doors of Sofia University and clashing with police outside of parliament.

After the photo was taken it quickly went viral on Bulgarian Facebook, being shared thousands of times.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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