We reported last Saturday on a demonstration by angry townspeople that converged on a mosque in Plovdiv, the second-largest city in Bulgaria. The crowd was upset because another mosque in Karlovo had recently been returned to Muslim control, more than a century after it was taken over by the state when Bulgaria gained its independence from the Ottomans.
Bulgaria is only a little more than two decades out from under the corrupt despotism of communism. Before the commissars took over, it had only enjoyed a brief respite after being occupied for centuries by the corrupt despotism of the Ottoman Empire.
Bulgarians have not forgotten what living under the Turkish boot was like, and are determined not to let Islam regain its former dominance. With a Muslim population of about 13%, the country faces a daunting task.
Our Bulgarian correspondent RR has translated one of the videos from last Friday’s demonstration. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.
The translator includes this note, the relevance of which will become clear when you watch the video:
In Bulgaria the story about the janissaries is universally known — boys taken by force from the Christian dhimmis, converted by force and trained into the elite Sultan’s guard and forces.
On Monday the Plovdiv regional court sentenced eight people for “hooliganism” due to their behavior in front of the mosque on Friday.
|0:47||Man with loudspeaker, to police: “Are you guarding the Turks?”|
|0:50||Crowd sings “Courage, fellows in battle, loyal, united, we are no longer obedient ‘raya’ (synonym for dhimmi)” (these are verses from a song from the anti-Turkish rebellions in the 19th century)|
|0:54||Crowd: “Free Bulgaria!”|
|0:56||Man with loudspeaker: “Police join the people! You are also Bulgarians! We are … for Bulgaria and for our children…”|
|1:00||Lady on loudspeaker: “…Women of Bulgaria! We are here to say: in Bulgaria the howling of the “muezzin” will never drown out the toll of the (church) bells!”|
|1:18||Crowd: “Bulgarians — Champions”|
|1:26||Voices in the crowd: “Turkey out of Bulgaria! Down with Turkey, this is Bulgaria!”|
|1:35||Voices in the crowd: “Traitors!”|
|1:39||“Police, don’t guard the Turks!”|
|1:43||(Single words, the only clear ones: “Traitors…long live Bulgaria!”)|
|2:00||(Crowd singing the same verses again)|
|2:40||“You go against your own children! Janissaries!”|
|2:48||Voice from the crowd to the police: “Don’t touch the man!” (police are handling an elderly man)|
|3:00||Voice: “Bulgarians! Down with the Janissaries!”|
|3:05||To police: “Let this senior citizen go! Are you Bulgarians!?!”|
|3:20||Man with loudspeaker: “Have you no conscience! Have you become Janissaries!?!”|
|3:30||Single words — “Not against the people! Janissaries!”