While Police Are Busy Protecting the Government from People...

Opinions |Author: Nikola Petrov | November 13, 2013, Wednesday // 14:00|  views

Hardly a day passes without a xenophobic incident occurring in Bulgaria.

Late on Tuesday, a man of Iraqi origin was assaulted in beaten in the capital Sofia, with eyewitnesses describing the assailants as “skinheads.”

The perpetrators of this and previous hate crimes in Sofia are yet to be arrested.

Meanwhile, an enormous police force was deployed to crack down on the ongoing anti-government protests in the country.

On Wednesday, a man was arrested for throwing a crate of eggs at Parliament.

The surge in xenophobic attacks has been largely fueled by ultranationalist outfits, most notably the Ataka (Attack) party – a key ally of the fragile government.

Ataka lawmakers have openly referred to immigrants and asylum-seekers as “cannibals” and “savages”, while insisting that the anti-graft protesters are “terrorists” and “paid by foreign forces." Rhetoric alarmingly similar to that of embattled dictators.

The Socialist-led government has vehemently denied being in an actual coalition with Ataka – but the latest string of events leaves one wondering if it is the extremist party that determines the agenda of the Bulgarian police.

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Tags: Bulgaria, hate crimes, xenophobia, government, protests


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