Assaulted Sofia Mosque to Install New, 'Quieter' LoudspeakersDomestic | June 6, 2011, Monday // 09:35| views
The Banya Bashi mosque in downtown Sofia. Photo by bulgariansights.ne
New loudspeakers are to be installed in the Banya Bashi Mosque in Bulgaria's capital Sofia, Husein Hafazov, Chief Mufti Office's secretary general, said Monday.
The Chief Mufty vowed to turn down the volume of the mosque's loudspeakers after a nationalist protest against their loudness took place in front of it in May. The rally resulted in violence.
The existing loudspeakers are too old, and therefore their volume could not be turned down, Hafazov explained in an interview for the Bulgarian National Television. That is why the new equipment has to be installed.
On May 20, supporters of the far-right, nationalist Ataka party, led by party Chair, Volen Siderov, shocked Bulgaria as its rally protesting against the use of loudspeakers by the mosque got out of hand, and activists of Ataka assaulted praying Muslims in front of the mosque.
On Monday, Hafazov pointed out that Ataka should not consider the quieter loudspeakers a 'victory', revealing that the Mufty initially mulled further cranking up the volume after the accident in order to call for the support of Muslims from Bulgaria and the neighboring Balkan countries.
Recently, the ethnic Turkish party, Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, is demanding to have a second mosque built in the capital Sofia.
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