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Bulgarian racists attack praying Muslims in Sofia / PHOTO
Bulgarian racists attack praying Muslims in Sofia / PHOTO
People help a Muslim worshipper, who was injured in an attack by supporters of Bulgaria\'s nationalist party \"Attack\", in front of the Banya Bashi Mosque in central Sofia May 20.(Reuters)

Racist Ataka Party sympathizers attacked Muslims during prayers when they reciting their ordinary Friday sermon in Bulgarian capital of Sofia.

Racist Ataka Party sympathizers attacked Muslims during prayers when they reciting their ordinary Friday sermon in Bulgarian capital of Sofia.

Attack came when Muslim prayers reciting Friday sermon in the Khatip Mosque in Bulgarian capital.

(Supporters of Bulgaria's nationalist party "Attack" attack Muslim worshippers during Friday prayers in front of the Banya Bashi Mosque in central Sofia May 20.)

 

While they were performing their praying, racist party sympathizers began to throw stones at the Muslims. Two Muslims were injured by the stones. Two attackers from the Ataka Party were taken into custody by the Bulgarian police.

A group of racists gathered and started protesting the sounds of the sermons and chanted anti-Turkish and Islamist slogans, as "Turkish get out from here", "This is Bulgaria".

(Muslim worshippers attend Friday prayers behind a police cordon separating them from supporters of Bulgaria's nationalist party "Attack" in front of the Banya Bashi Mosque in central Sofia May 20.)

 

They also chanted against DPS (known as Turkish Party in Bulgaria) party. When the protest was continuing two of the protesters tried to get the loudspeaker from the mosque, but they prevented by mosque congregation. Some racists also hurled stones and egg to the Muslim prayers.

(A policeman detains a supporter of Bulgaria's nationalist party "Attack" during an attack against Muslim worshippers in front of the Banya Bashi Mosque in central Sofia May 20.)

 

Bulgarian police prevented the further attack and took the control near the mosque.

Meanwhile, Pro-nationalist and racist Ataka Leader Volen Siderov accused Bulgarian police and requested the resignation of the Interior Minister.

Agencies

 



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