The Bulgarian Members of the Parliament rejected Wednesday the proposal of conservative leader, Yane Yanev, to hold a hearing of Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov.
The leader of the Order, Law and Justice (RZS) party requested the hearing over the detention of a reporter and a driver of the Bulgarian paper Galeriya when the two attempted to do a research on properties of the Interior Minister in the village of Shuma.
Yanev told reporters the automobile of the journalist was followed and asked Tsvetanov to explain how the police knew the route of the car, adding it was in the Minister's best interest to answer all questions in order to dismiss the impression he is using the institution he leads for personal goals....
The reporter's story makes sense and is credible. The Guardian of Law and Order Tsvetanov has experienced a lot of deserved setbacks after numerous "public" police actions have randomly targeted "criminals" with fabricated evidence.
With his latest conspiracy theories he has become a loose cannon who is targeting anyone who is considered a threat to "National Security" (himself)- political parties, politicians, journalists, judges- basically anyone with a critical opinion.
The Bulgarian Conservatives has got political momentum now, but it might turn into a dangerous game as the Interior Minister is getting more and more desperate to silence any opposition and secure his legacy.
The Bulgarian police force has huge internal problems with corruption, battered image and unlawful actions. Arresting and harassing people at random and without any other justification than taking orders from the "boss" does not improve that image.
It is time for professional and intelligent policemen like Kalin Georgiev to stand up and say "enough is enough".
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