“Far-right” attacks Muslims in Sofia
Bulgarians fight back May 21 2011
Video youtubed thanks to Vlad Tepes
“I am a citizen of Bulgaria. But my life is in danger simply because I am also a Muslim”- shouts a man who claims he wants to become the President of Bulgaria.
That’s what he repeatedly shouted at policemen whose presence around Sofia Grand Mosque was the only thing that prevented a bloodshed.
Prime Minister Boyko Borisiv who is on a foreign visit has said the ethnic cohesion of the Bulgarian society should be preserved. But many people feel that mere words are not enough.Â (Iran Press TV-more below the fold)
There seems to be a bit of resistance in Moldovia as well:
Interesting here is that even the Communists oppose Islamization: Â The leader of the Communist Party, former President Vladimir Voronin,Â pointed out that Moldova resisted the construction of mosques when it was part of the Ottoman Empire and must continue to do so today.
Representatives of the Orthodox Church were outraged at the government’s decision. The head of the church, Metropolitan Vladimir, called the move “a humiliation” for the country’s Christian majority, while other church officials said the Muslim association would “cause trouble” in Moldova.
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Bulgaria has generally enjoyed good relations with its Muslim minority, but lately it has joined an EU-wide anti-Muslim move. The government has forbidden passport pictures with women’s head scarves. It has also banned religious literature to focus on slam.
Many say that today’s burnings of carpets for prayers, cutting of religious hats, throwing of eggs and stones at people who simply gathered for their usual Friday prayer, have shattered the ethnic cohesion the nation desires.
What started as a political provocation, ended up being unprecedented acts of aggression toward Bulgarian Muslims. But their political, religious, social and ethnical consequences are yet to be seen. (Iran Press TV)