Bulgarian president 'concerned' after mosque attack

Last Friday, a large Bulgarian group attacked Dzhumaya Mosque, throwing stun and smoke bombs before walking to the Turkish consulate in Plovdiv.

Bulgarian president 'concerned' after mosque attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

Bulgaria’s president called on political leaders Tuesday to soften their tone when speaking of nationalism following an attack on a mosque in Plovdiv, country's second largest city.

"Circles which stir animosity, hatred and enmity, which set Bulgarian citizens against one another… will not be welcomed by society,” Rosen Plevneliev said in a joint statement with Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski after meeting with the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) regarding increasing nationalism in the country.

DPS leader Lyutvi Ahmed Mestan said afterwards that a National Security Council meeting would be an opportunity for a fruitful solution.

“Ethnic and religious peace is fundamental for the country's social peace,” Mestan stressed.

Last Friday, a large Bulgarian group attacked Dzhumaya Mosque, throwing stun and smoke bombs before walking to the Turkish consulate in Plovdiv.

The group clashed with Bulgarian police after security forces blocked the group from the consulate.

Five of the assailants were penalized with three-day detentions and four were also fined.

Turks are the largest minority in the country, constituting nearly nine percent of Bulgaria's population. 

Last Mod: 19 Şubat 2014, 11:24
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