Sofia City Courts Acquits Activists For Painting Monument

Society | October 31, 2014, Friday // 17:45| Views: | Comments: 7
Bulgaria: Sofia City Courts Acquits Activists For Painting Monument The communist partisans monument was painted on November 7, 2013. Photo: offnews.bg

The Sofia City Court acquitted Asen Genov and Tsvetelina Sarbinska, accused of hooliganism for painting the monument in front of the Bulgarian Socialist Party offices in Sofia last November.

As a part of the anti-government protests in 2013 Genov, a blogger and active participant in the protests, and Sarbinska reportedly painted the monument, depicting communist partisans, in pink and purple and wrote “WHO? BCP – DISGRACE”. WHO? being one of the popular slogans of the protests and BCP referring to the old name of BSP – Bulgarian Communist Party.

Genov and Sarbinska were arrested and charged with hooliganism.

Judge Miroslava Todorva ruled that the painting of the monument and the writing of the slogans was a form of expression of political opinion and pointed out that such acts were protected both by Bulgaria's Constitution and the European Human Rights Convention.

“Expression of political opinion is highly protected because it is one of the foundations of democratic society and one of the main conditions for its furthering,” Todorova wrote in her motives.

Todorova also noted that the prosecution could not prove beyond reasonable doubt that it was indeed Genov and Sarbinska who painted the monument, as at the time and place were present another two persons.

Genov and Sarbinska did not admit to painting the monument, but said they were assuming the political responsibility.

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#7
Joro Stefanov - 3 Nov 2014 // 18:57:59

My street needs new drain covers - melt those horrible statues celebrating oppression and imperialism and use the metal for some good.

#6
Bruce Gaskell - 3 Nov 2014 // 17:17:02

My house needs painting - will pay you for your services ...

#5
Agent Piccadilly - 1 Nov 2014 // 16:30:50

How dare this fascist bitch exonerate these counter revolutionary vandals who attempt to airbrush out our glorious past. The people should rise as one and storm parliament and demand the restoration of a single party pro-Russian BSP-Ataka government run by our greatest ever champions of democracy Oresharky and Stanishev. Then a peoples court should decide the punishment for the hooligans who desecrated our beloved monument.

#4
sa-sha - 1 Nov 2014 // 12:08:34

http://autotravel.ru/phalbum/90462/140.jpg
Monument to Russian Tsar Alexander II in Helsinki, Finland, why? "It's a part of our history", Finns reply...

#3
Juanito - 1 Nov 2014 // 10:48:39

Too bad, vandalizing monuments like this just because of "expressing political opinion" is such BS. Only remembering the past you can have a better future. Too difficult to get for the prostaci. Oh well.

#2
independent - 1 Nov 2014 // 09:21:09

Melt them for scrap, Bulgaria needs all the money it can get!

#1
Get rid of those Russian Monuments - 31 Oct 2014 // 23:42:05

Put them in a museum of totalitarianism or send them to Russia where they seem to love them.

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