Illegal Estates of Bulgarian Roma Clan to Be Demolished by July

Society | June 12, 2012, Tuesday // 15:13
Bulgaria: Illegal Estates of Bulgarian Roma Clan to Be Demolished by July One of the estates of Roma clan leader Kiril Rashkov, photo by

By the end of June, all illegal estates of Roma clan leader Kiril Rashkov and his family will be demolished, according to Krasimir Yurukov, Mayor of the southern Bulgarian village of Katunita.

In a Tuesday interview for Radio Plovdiv, Yurukov specified that the fences would be knocked down first to provide access to the buildings.

In October 2011, the Regional Directorate for National Construction Control (RDNCC) issued nine orders for the demolition of illegal property owned by Rashkovi, including residential buildings, non-solid buildings and fences.

Rashkovi appealed the orders.

Bulgaria's Supreme Court of Cassation (VKS) has so far upheld three of the RDNCC demolition orders.

Residents of Katunitsa oppose the demolition of Rashkovi's illegal estates, saying that the buildings should be made legal and used for social institutions like homes for elderly people or SOS Children's Villages.

As the demolition works continue, police officers are guarding four of the houses owned by the Rashkovi clan in Katunitsa.

The first structure to be knocked down was the fence of Kiril Rashkov's hacienda located outside Katunitsa.

Kiril Rashkov, aka Tsar Kiro, and his clan triggered widespread unrest across Bulgaria in September 2011 after the murder of a teenager in Katunitsa.

On September 23, 2011, a van driven by alleged associates of Rashkov ran down and killed 19-year-old ethnic Bulgarian Angel Petrov.

On the following day, protesting locals and groups of football fans from the nearby Plovdiv set fire to a number of properties of the Rashkovi clan.

The accident heightened ethnic tensions and triggered massive protests in major cities in the country.

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Tags: Kiril Rashkov, Roma clan, Tsar Kiro, illegal construction, Katunitsa, Supreme Court of Cassation, demolition

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