Nationalists Attack Ukrainian Anti-Night Wolves Demo in Bulgaria's Burgas

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Bulgaria: Nationalists Attack Ukrainian Anti-Night Wolves Demo in Bulgaria's Burgas A file photo showing European members of Russian motorcycle club `Night wolves` as they await the Russian members of the club at the Polish-Belarusian border in Terespol, Poland, May 01, 2016. EPA/BGNES

Several people have been detained in Burgas after attacking a group of Ukrainians protesting against the arrival of the Night Wolves, police say.

The Night Wolves are group of Russian bikers known for their affiliation to President Vladimir Putin.

Ten people dressed in the camouflage outfits of a nationalist organization attacked the Ukrainian nationals with electroshock batons and knocked some of them down as they were demonstrating in front of a petrol station where the bikers were expected to arrive.

There were also several Russian nationals among the demonstrators, according to news website Dnevnik.bg.

No-one was seriously injured, with police arriving after the scuffle.

No encounters took place between the Night Wolves and the demonstration, with the former avoiding the route where protesters were waiting.

The bikers arrived in Burgas around 08:30 local time. They are expected to continue their ride across the country and were scheduled to reach the capital Sofia tomorrow for a press conference in the Russian Cultural and Information Center.

Their arrival in Sofia will not coincide with the visit of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday.

Daily 24 Chasa reports that only 5 out of the 30 people who arrived as part of the group are Russian nationals, while others are Night Wolves' members and supporters from different Eastern European countries.

Their Bulgarian ride is part of the so-called March for Peace.

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