“The land of Botev and Levski [the two most prominent revolutionaries against the Turkish rule] is a land of slaves again, Bulgarians get to struggle with the corrupt politicians.”
As we reported on Saturday and earlier today, last Friday an anti-Islamic protest broke out in Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second-largest city. The protesters were angry that a mosque in Karlovo had been returned to Muslim control, and marched to a mosque in Plovdiv, where they fired bottle rockets, threw stones, and grappled with police.
Several videos of the events in Plovdiv have been posted on YouTube, and one of them was subtitled and posted here this morning. Vlad is in the process of subtitling a second one.
In the meantime, we forwarded the Plovdiv videos to a Bulgarian man of our acquaintance, an engineer whom we shall call Georgi. He lives and works in western EU territory, and is hence subject to persecution by the Star Chamber.
This was Georgi’s reaction:
Thanks for the emails you sent. We watched the videos in great tension. They are shattering/rousing!
They show demonstrations against the Turks in Muslim Plovdiv. The signs and banners read:
- Slavery Returns
- The Land of Levski and Botev is in a New Captivity
- Bulgarians, Fight for Your Independence
- Bulgarian Politicians Are Purchaseable Fools
- Bulgarians, Fight for Free Bulgaria, Independence, and Freedom From Politicians-for-Purchase
Description of the situation:
The Bulgarian Parliament voted for a measure to restore the ownership of religious properties to Muslims (Turks) and to allow them to carry out demonstrations in their native language.
In connection with this in Plovdiv, in the city centre on the main street, a mosque is to be restored, which five times a day will be howling and reminding everyone who hears that it’s important (currently it’s a museum). In close vicinity of the mosque is a Roman Gladiator Stadium (50 m) and a Greek Theatre (100 m).
It’s difficult for us to understand this, much less to imagine it. We have been to Plovdiv many times. This is a very beautiful city at the foot of the Rodopow. It has more than 4,000 years of history and is a cradle of European civilization. The city was founded by Thracians, and built up successively by the Greeks, Romans, Macedonians and Slavs. There is a huge world cultural heritage of different eras. The city is under the auspices of UNESCO.
A pity that Europe has such a short memory and cannot draw conclusions from history. It’s scary to think where it is all going.
As a matter of interest, Bulgaria’s president has taken great pains to disassociate himself from those nasty WAYCISTS in Plovdiv:
Ethnic, Religious Peace of Utmost Importance, Says Bulgarian President
Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev stressed that it is crucial to ensure the civil, ethnic and religious peace in the country. “We have been witnessing an escalation of ethnic tension over the past days. I cannot remain calm while religious temples are being desecrated”, the head of state noted.
Hat tip for the article: JP.