Bulgarian Ethnic Turks Alarm EU over Nationalist Attack

Bulgaria in EU | May 23, 2011, Monday // 12:12|  views

The nationalists' rally at a Sofia mosque last Friday quickly escalated to a serious clash. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

The ethnic Turkish party, Movement for Rights and Freedom, DPS, is going to inform all European institutions about the actions of the far-right, nationalist Ataka party.

The announcement was made by the DPS Parliamentary Group Deputy Chair, Yunal Lyutvi, who spoke for the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, saying the information is to reach the Council of Europe, the Human Rights Agency at the European Commission and the European Parliament.

Last Friday Ataka staged a rally in front of the Sofia's Banya Bashi mosque, protesting the fact it has loudspeakers that sound Muslim prayers in the entire area around. The rally escalated to a fight with injured and detained people. Ataka leader, Volen Siderov, claims those at the mosque are Islamic extremists and terrorists.

"Siderov is detrimental for Bulgaria," Lyutvi declared, adding the DPS Parliamentary Group will propose amendments to the Penal Code providing stricter measures against those who fuel ethnic hate.

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Tags: Ataka, muslims, friday prayer, banya bashi mosque, sofia, nationalists, Volen Siderov, DPS, EU, Yunal Lyutvi


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