'The Sofia Globe' reports that State institutions and prosecutors should be completely free to take action against politicians who use hate speech, Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev said in a comment on the situation in Garmen, scene of ethnic tensions between Bulgarians and Roma people.
The south-western Bulgarian municipality of Garmen saw clashes on May 23 that left several people injured and resulted in arrests after a fight between Bulgarians and Roma people. It has become a national political issue, with all parties commenting, especially the country’s nationalist parties that have “gypsy crime”, as they put it, as a signature issue.
On May 27, the Patriotic Front listed among its demands, meeting of which it made conditional for its continued support of the coalition government, “adequate steps” in Roma neighbourhood. Its rival, Ataka, also has a long record of condemning Roma people.