Bulgaria PM Warns of Threat of Xenophobic Attitudes
Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski has underscored the importance of refraining from xenophobic attitudes which will cost us dear in a short-term and a long-term plan.
Oresharski's statement came in response to the events on Sunday which were triggered by the assault over the 20-year-old shop assistant in Sofia.
In the early hours on Saturday, a man of Arab origin stabbed a shop assistant who tried to prevent him from stealing.
The Interior Ministry is still after the alleged offender, a 20-year-old Algerian national named Salahedin Bin Aladin, according to the Bulgarian National Television and the Bulgarian National Radio.
The suspect entered Bulgaria over eight months ago and has not been granted refugee status.
In his Monday statement, Oresharski, as cited by the BGNES news agency, expressed hopes that the Interior would arrest the attacker soon, taking into account that his identity had been established.
On Sunday, protests against illegal immigrants were organized in Sofia.
A number of nationalist parties, including VMRO, issued an ultimatum to the government to clear the country of illegal immigrants in a week.
Nationalist party Ataka held protests in front of the Interior Ministry building and the Sofia Mosque, insisting that Bulgaria close its borders for refugees.
Meanwhile, Bulgaria's EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva underscored in a Sunday interview that the rising tide of xenophobia was dangerous.
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