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'Mother Tongue' Campaigning Debate Fires up Bulgarian MPs

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'Mother Tongue' Campaigning Debate Fires up Bulgarian MPs: 'Mother Tongue' Campaigning Debate Fires up Bulgarian MPs DPS MP Hussein Hafazov, a former spokesman for the Chief Mufti's Office, file photo

A huge scandal erupted in the Bulgarian Parliament Friday, caused by the rejection of the possibility of election campaigning in native language other than Bulgarian.

The resulting lack of quorum led to the adjourning of the session only 50 minutes after it started, despite the pressing need to approve the new Election Code, ahead of the European elections.

The lawmakers rejected the proposal of the liberal, predominantly ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) to allow election campaigning in a language other than Bulgarian with translation in Bulgarian.

This caused a sharp reaction from the leader of DPS, Lyutvi Mestan, who announced that with this action the Parliament sends a message to countries with Bulgarian minorities that they may not respect their rights.

DPS MP Hussein Hafazov, a former spokesman for the Chief Mufti's Office, took the floor after Mestan and said that his dream was to live in a free and democratic Bulgaria.

"And one day I will achieve it, no matter your attitude to democracy," said he and turned to his colleagues who voted against the proposal.

"I will walk the path of Osman Kalic, Ahmet Davutoglu from the village of Iskra, the path of Nuri Adala and Ahmed Dogan. I am for democracy, no matter your attitude to democracy and minorities in the country," stated Hafazov.

The mention of Ahmet Davutoglu fired up a number of those present and prompted all MPs from the formerly-ruling opposition centrist Citizens for European Development of Bulgarian party (GERB) and the ultranationalist Ataka to leave plenary hall.

From the parliamentary tribune MP Yanaki Stoilov, from the ruling left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), expressed hope that his colleague from DPS did not mean Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu who is the ideologist of neo-Ottomanism.

In a subsequent statement Hafazov said that all names he mentioned were of Bulgarian citizens who have fought for the rights of minorities.

The ensuing check of the number of those present established lack of quorum and the Speaker of the Parliament, Mihail Mikov terminated the session and announced that if an emergency session is not convened, the MPs will meet next Wednesday.

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St Dimityr Basarbovski - 14 Feb 2014 // 14:07:49

We will have huge issues with the already many fast-breeding Christian Romanian-speaking Gypsies (vlaski cigani): koritari, kopanari, vretenari. Romanian propagandists from North Dobrudza have visited Dobrich and Silistra districts and begged them to declare themselves Romanians at the last two censuses. The biggest success however is not in South Dobrudza, but in Varnensko. It is a known fact that Romanian and FYROMian governments have repeatedly asked Bulgaria for the recognition of their "national minorities", despite the fact that in Bg, just like in France and Greece there are no such minorities. The Turks can't do that since that would mean giving ethnic rights to the numerous Kurds and they are not that stupid. Recognizing a national minorities would result in ethnic parties which means that national minorities would be granted the collective right to collectively be represented by their respective parties (individual ethnic rights would mean 1 party for every Romanian, FYROMian, Turk and so on). There is no way of solving the Gypsification of Bulgarian by Christian Romanian-speaking Roma + Muslim Roma with Turkish ethnic identification (regardless of the fact that they speak Turkish or Gypsy most of the Muslim Gypsies have Turkish ethnic identification).
Bulgarian authorities should inform their NATO allies (especially the US) about Turkey's territorial claims towards most of the Balkan countries but also towards Georgia (the former directly uttered by Erdogan last year, the latter in one map published by the Turkish Education Ministry in 2012 as auxiliary material for history classes, Education Ministry being a public, official institution, that means OFFICIAL territorial claims). Georgia is a future member of NATO but Turkey has territorial claims towards it, as well as towards Bg, Greece, Albania, Kosovo, FYROM, Bosnia).
Also Bg lobby for the recognition of the Armenian genocide and territorial autonomy of Turkish Kurdistan.

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St Dimityr Basarbovski - 14 Feb 2014 // 14:07:03

It seems that there is a plan for splitting Bg among Turkey, FYROM and Romania devised by Bilderberg group and other like them, freemasons or whatever, Soros. The Muslim refugees from Syria but also from Afghanistan, Algeria and black Muslim countries flooding Bg is part of such a plan. Why are Algerians coming to Bg from Turkey since there is no war in Algeria and no direct route from Algeria to Bulgaria through Turkey??? I recommend hiring contract killers to kill Etienne Davignon, George Soros and the others with such intention towards Bulgaria.
Unloyal ethnic minorities in Bulgaria (Turks, Gypsy-speaking and Turkish-speaking Muslim Roma with Turkish national awareness) should be treated by Croatian standards. The Western 'Powers' should not discriminated Bulgaria against Croatia and let it expell the same percentage of the above-mentioned non-loyal ethnic communities' members as the percentage of Croatia Serbs expelled and currently still not returned. Muslim Gypsies with non-Turkish ethnic identification cannot be expelled unfortunately but they are few. How can we prove the former are un-loyal? Well there are the OFFICIAL territorial claims by Erdogan towards Ludogorieto and Kyrdzalijsko. This is enough. A interesting is that the part of Ludogorieto having belonged to Greater Romania is claimed by both Romania and its former Muslims masters currently allies the Turks. Check Romania presidents (Traian Basescu) very recent declaration in Turkey in favor of speeding up Turkey's EU accession. Also check Ljutvi Mestan's interview for Romanian news agency Agerpres with anti-Bg statements.
Of course nothing will be done and Bg will end up being split among Turkey, Ro and FYROM
Increase 1000-fold the fees for Turkish trucks crossing Bg and Greek territory so that the Turksih trade with the West, Albania, FYROM and so one become iunprofitable. Of course that means reciprocal actions of the Turks, meaning the Bg and Greek companies crossing Turkey will go bankrupt but Bg and Gr trade through Turkey is nothing compared to the one with the West, Ukraine, Russia.
But who has the guts in Bg or Greece to do should a thing?
Looks like the BULGARIA TURK Sunaj Karaasan tried to break the Bg truck barrier a few days ago. This is the perfect example why the Bg Turks are NOT loyal towards Bg, just like the Serbs in Croatian Krajna. Why haven't they been expelled until now (the same percentage as the Croatia Serbs)??? Well because Bg as an Eastern Orthodox country doesn't enjoy the same tolerance from the Western Powers as Croatia, it is being discriminated against