Bulgarian Extremist Party Demands Crackdown on Refugees

Politics » DOMESTIC | October 16, 2013, Wednesday // 12:59
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Extremist Party Demands Crackdown on Refugees Bulgarian Interior Miniter Tsvetlin Yovchev. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian ultranationalist party Ataka is to stage a protest against Interior Miniter Tsvetlin Yovchev over what it describes as his “inadequate policy regarding the refugees.”

The protest is to take place at 2 pm EET on Wednesday, according to the 24 Chasa daily.
Two weeks ago, Ataka lawmaker Magdalena Tasheva said the party demanded Yovchev’s resignation – and even considered a no-confidence motion against the government over the refugee situation.

Tasheva recently stirred outrage by calling the Syrian refugees arriving in Bulgaria “malignant tumors”, "fiends", "scum", "cannibals", "savages", and "terrible, despicable primates”.

Last week, Bulgaria’s Parliament refused Ataka’s proposal to close the border with Turkey over the ongoing refugee influx.

While not officially in power, Ataka is a key ally of the country’s fragile Socialist-led coalition government.

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