Roma Mocking Bulgarian History to Face Prosecution

Society | October 21, 2012, Sunday // 14:19
Roma Mocking Bulgarian History to Face Prosecution: Roma Mocking Bulgarian History to Face Prosecution A photo published on Facebook, showing three Roma mock Bulgarian national heroes, caused mass public outrage.

The leader of Bulgaria's far-right, nationalist party Ataka, Volen Siderov, is going to refer to the Prosecutor's Office the three Roma seen on a picture mocking national heroes.

The picture, published on Facebook, showing three young men, apparently from Roma origin, in indecent postures, holding in their hands images of Vasil Levski, Tsars Boris and Simeon, flared outrage with people calling it a disgrace, an atrocity, and mockery of Bulgarian history.

Ataka appealed to all to help identify the three young men. A group, quickly gathering the support of hundreds, was created on Facebook under the title "Jail for the Roma Who Derided Bulgaria."

On Sunday, the nationalist party reported that the individuals have been quickly identified as members of an ethnic Turkish rap group from the village of Krushari, in the eastern Dobrich region.

Ataka say they want them charged and tried for hooliganism and spreading ethnic hatred. They vow to immediately ask Education Minister, Sergey Ignatov, and Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, to address the issue as well.

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