There have been widespread protests against the Roma minority in Bulgaria after the death of a Bulgarian man on Friday. Fury against the Roma has been building over the weekend with several Roma shops and cars set on fire.
People are complaining that a relative of Roma leader Kiril Rashkov is not being held accountable for the man’s death because he has political protection. The accused man is also under investigation for large-scale tax evasion.
One protester in Plovdiv, the country’s second largest city said “The incident has lit a fuse and the man’s death should not be in vain. The politicians should pay attention and do something because it’s a serious problem.”
In the capital, Sofia, right-wing political party ATAKA held a demonstration, demand tough action from the government and even calling for the death penalty to be reinstated.
People living in the southern village of Katunitsa turned out for the funeral of 19-year-old Angel Petrov who is believed to have been run over by a bus being driven by the Roma leader’s family member.