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Bulgarian Interior Minister Rejects Accusations of Police Brutality

Politics | December 17, 2013, Tuesday // 17:40| Views: 867 | Comments: 2
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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Interior Minister Rejects Accusations of Police Brutality Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetelin Yovchev, photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetelin Yovchev has labeled former Deputy PM Tsvetan Tsvetanov's claims of police brutality absurd.

In a Tuesday interview for private TV channel TV7, Yovchev said that he had felt awkward upon hearing such accusations from a person like Tsvetanov.

To illustrate his point about the inappropriateness of Tsvetanov's accusations, he cited a 2010 case of infringed human rights during the detention and home arrest of former Varna municipal councilor Borislav Gutsanov over which Bulgaria had been convicted in Strasbourg.

Minister Yovchev was deputy director of the counterintelligence unit in the cabinet of center-right party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB), according to reports of

A week ago in Brussels Tsvetanov accused Bulgarian authorities of using the same repressive methods against protesters, as their Ukrainian colleagues applied against the pro-EU demonstrators. The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), the leading force in Bulgaria's coalition government, responded by calling for Tsvetanov's resignation for smearing Bulgaria's reputation.

Minister Yovchev suggested that the allegations of pro-socialist economist Kolyo Paramov that Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security (DANS) was wiretapping former President Georgi Parvanov were ridiculous.

The Interior Minister insisted that the anti-government protests in Bulgaria were not civil protests but rallies organized by political parties.

He argued that the leaders of the protests were manipulating young people into doing things they were not quite aware of, seeking to use them to regain power.

Yovchev emphasized, however, that it was not a job of the Interior to track down the organizers of the rallies.

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Optimistic - 17 Dec 2013 // 23:44:28

This GERB guyTsvetan Tsvetanov who made these allegations is absurd.

He is on trial for wire tapping his own party members in government.

He is the lowest credability politican in Bulgaria (there is a lot of competition for this title, he wins), he has to get premission if he wants to leave the country.

GERB can’t trust each other, they got caught, what complete idiots.

Now they are making unfair allegations against the Police, protestors have attacked the Police using stones and bottles, the Police need to defend themselves.

Bulgarian protests is a school day out for students who are too stupid to study.

Agent Piccadilly - 17 Dec 2013 // 19:02:30

Yovchev should be awarded the highest honor for standing up to these fascist protestors. Indeed it is good to read that the ruling regime is supported by all Bulgarians who thank them for their liberation from the tyranny of the decadent and self indulgent imperialists GERB.

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