Arab Foundations Fund Islamic Fundamentalism in Bulgaria вЂ“ ReportDomestic | March 18, 2009, Wednesday // 13:24| views
Foundations from Arab and other Muslim states have been funding radical Islamist activities in Bulgaria for many years.
This was declared Tuesday by the political secretary of the rightist Democrats for Strong Bulgaria party, Petar Nikolov, in an interview for Darik Radio.
Nikolov pointed out that the support by foreign foundations for radical Islam and Islamic fundamentalism in Bulgaria is also backed by the Head Mufti’s Office, and, partly in some regions, by local activists of the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms party (DPS), which is currently part of Bulgaria’s ruling three-way coalition.
Nikolov’s statements come after last week the leader of the Order, Law, Justice party, MP Yane Yanev presented information about radical Islamism among Bulgarian Muslim villages in Southwest Bulgaria.
As a follow-up to these revelations, Bulgaria’s State National Security Agency (DANS) interrogated Monday the Mayor of the Garmen Municipality, Ahmed Bashev, and a local school teacher of Islam, Murad Boshnak, over the alleged promotion of radical Islamism.
According to Nikolov, the infiltration of radical Islamism was a problem whose countering required the permanent efforts of the Bulgarian state instead of just isolated campaigns over issues raised by political figures.
“Everything in Bulgaria is a matter of just two weeks, in which a lot of people speak hysterically and incompetently, and everyone is trying to draw public attention to themselves, and then the issue is forgotten. It’s the same with the Islamic fundamentalism, and the radical Islam in Bulgaria”, Dimitrov declared.
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