Interior Min: New Cabinet Improved Rule of Law in Bulgaria
Bulgarian Deputy PM and Minister of Interior Tsvetalin Yovchev has once again rejected accusations that police have used excessive force during street protests in the summer.
"I am surprised that it is [opposition and formerly ruling party] GERB who are saying that they will file a police brutality complaint with the European Commission," said Yovchev in Parliament Wednesday.
The Interior Minister further objected to what he described as a "frivolous" use of the terms "police state" and "police mentality" in Bulgairan public discource.
"In a police state for instance you will have an excessive use of special surveillance devices. We cut that use multiple times and adopted measure to effectively regulate this practice," said Yovchev.
The Deputy PM listed a number of other criteria for a police state, for which he implied that the current cabinet he is part of fares much better than the previous GERB cabinet of ex PM Boyko Borisov.
Borisov and ex Deputy PM and Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov were seen as extensively using various methods to extert executive pressure on other branches of power.
At the same time, Yovchev defended the proportionate use of police force during protests, in order to secure the rule of law in Bulgaria.
"In a rule of law country it is inadmissible to leave without consequences anyone's disturbance of public or failing to follow police orders or entering into conflict with the police," said the Deputy PM.
Yovchev was resolute that as Minister of Interior he will continue to do everything in his power to guarantee the maitaining of rule of law in Bulgaria.
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