The following news report from Bulgaria describes the establishment of special counter-terror police units to guard against terrorist attacks in public spaces during the Christmas season. Tanya T, who translated the report for subtitles, points out the unprecedented nature of what is happening in Bulgaria:
The news is not the merging of elite police units for better coordination in case of terror attacks, as it appears on the surface. It’s that we NOW have heavily-armed specially trained policemen on the streets as well. For Christmas.
It may be something people in other parts of Europe are used to, but it’s totally new here. It’s shocking, and it’s not at all reassuring that it’s like that almost everywhere now. I’ve never seen this before in my entire life.
The policemen are instructed to beware of suspicious persons “from risk (or high-risk) countries”. Unfortunately, this is no overreaction — we were very close to an actual attack this year, which prompted the changes in the law and the creation of this unit.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling: