Bulgarian Nationalists Head to Village Engulfed in Ethnic Violence

Domestic | September 24, 2011, Saturday // 14:37|  views

Activists from nationalist Bulgarian party VMRO have headed to the Plovdiv village of Katunitsa in the wake of interethnic violence that left 1 killed and 6 injured.

The VMRO delegation is headed by vice-chair Angel Dzhambazki and after visiting Katunitsa will stage a protest at the regional police directorate in Plovdiv.

Friday night a van driven by Plovdiv Roma intentionally ran over and killed a local youth, after simmering tensions came to a tragic end.

The village of Katunitsa is home to part of the family of notorious Roma clan leader Kiril Rashkov, aka Tsar Kiro, and local residents have complained they have for years lived at the mercy of the family.

"Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov must immediately answer why the Katunitsa killers are at large, while police are guarding the properties of Kiril Rashkov," stated Dzhambazki Saturday.

Saturday ethnic Bulgarians from the village gathered once more in front of the Tsar Kiro estates, which they had vandalized overnight before riot police set in.

Rioters have overturned and burnt cars belonging to the Rashkov family, but have after that returned home.

October 1 VMRO are calling a national rally in capital Sofia under the motto "No More Gipsiness."

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Tags: VMRO, Angel Dzhambazki, Roma, violence, Tsar Kiro, Kiril Rashkov, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Katunitsa, Plovdiv, sofia


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