Bulgarian PM: Ethnic Violence Case is Criminal, Not Political

Bulgarian PM: Ethnic Violence Case is Criminal, Not Political

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov has issued a statement calling for non-politicization of the recent case of interethnic violence in the Plovdiv village of Katunitsa.

"I am calling on all parties and politicians to behave seriously and to refrain from provoking political comments and actions, for that would lead to additional tensions," said the Bulgarian PM.

"This is a criminal case and all state officials dealing with it are regarding it as being just that," added Borisov.

Friday and Saturday tensions between ethnic Bulgarians and a Roma clan in Katunitsa escalated when a Bulgarian youth was killed, residents believe intentionally, by a van driven by Roma people.

Bulgarians then went on to vandalize the property of notorious Roma leader Kiril Rashkov, aka Tsar Kiro, which led to some 200 riot police being deployed in Katunitsa.

Saturday PM Borisov said he is keeping close track of the events and has dispatched Ministry of Interior Chief Secretary Kalin Georgiev on the site to manage the crisis.

He emphasized that the Bulgarian government will take care of the safety of every Bulgarian citizen, and will bring perpetrators to justice, no matter their ethnicity. (Source: Sofia News Agency)

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