Tensions Seem to Calm Down on Third Day of Protests in Sofia's Orlandovtsi

Domestic | June 16, 2015, Tuesday // 21:34|  views

People gathered for the third day of protests against the crimes committed by the Roma community in the Sofia neighbourhood of Orlandovtsi. Photo: BGNES

Nearly a hundred people have gathered in the Orlandovtsi neighbourhood in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia on Tuesday evening to protest against the crimes committed by the Roma community.

According to latest media reports, the situation on the third day of protests in the neighbourhood remained calm and there were no tensions.

The director of Sofia police commented that a permission for a protest has not been officially requested and the authorities will treat the protesters as people, who have gathered spontaneously and would intervene only in case tensions escalate.

The police presence remained heightened and the Chief Secretary of the Interior Ministry Georgi Kostov was also on the spot, Darik radio reports.

The authorities do not have information for attacks, which are planned to other Roma neighbourhoods in Sofia.

The tensions escalated into violent clashes on Sunday after a massive fight between Bulgarian and Roma youths over loud music had taken place on Saturday.

The tensions remained heightened at the protest on Monday and it was on the verge of escalating into a new wave of violence with twenty people being arrested.

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