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Gabrovo: Local people will give a list of specific requests to the municipality

Gabrovo: Local people will give a list of specific requests to the municipality

15 April 2019 | 15:32 | FOCUS News Agency
Gabrovo. People from Gabrovo will give a list of specific requests to the Municipality. At their meeting with Mayor Tanya Hristova yesterday, they said they would draft a special document today, which is expected to be officially submitted to the local administration tonight, Focus Radio has learnt from the Gabrovo Municipality. The people want the local prosecutor’s office to work more actively and stronger police presence in hotspots. They also want inspections of the address registration and employment of Roma people, as well as inspections of decisions issued in work capability assessment. They want to know the name of the prosecutor who freed the three Roma who had attacked a shop assistant – the incident that sparked the protests in the city. In addition, they ask for the law to be enforced in the cases of child mothers. Some of the protesters supported the petition for the replacement of the administrative penalty ‘fine’ with ‘penal labour’.
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Gabrovo mayor: During protests last night people showed they heard the call for common sense despite attempts at provocation

Gabrovo mayor: During protests last night people showed they heard the call for common sense despite attempts at provocation

15 April 2019 | 15:07 | FOCUS News Agency
Gabrovo. The situation in the district centre is now calm, but increased police presence remains. At last night’s protests people showed that they had heard the call for common sense despite attempts at provocation, Gabrovo Mayor Tanya Hristova told Focus Radio. The rally in the city yesterday was attended by about 700 people, who the governor personally invited to a meeting at the municipality. The vast majority of people protested peacefully, the mayor said, and promised to address their demands in her capacity of mayor or by forwarding the requests to relevant institutions.
A petition was initiated yesterday in support of the municipality’s proposal for the fines to be replaced with penal labour in case of administrative offences. The document was sent to the Parliament, the Council of Ministers, the National Association of Municipalities, the President and the Ombudsman. Alone yesterday, during the meeting with the mayor, the petition was supported by nearly 700 people. Today it is distributed in stores, restaurants and institutions in the city. Once completed, it will be sent to the relevant institutions.
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Svishtov mayor: No tension between ethnic groups in the municipality

Svishtov mayor: No tension between ethnic groups in the municipality

15 April 2019 | 12:21 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. In Svishtov there is no tension or problems between ethnic groups, Mayor Gencho Genchev said in an interview with Focus Radio. “There is good coexistence between the different ethnic groups, no tension because we have excellent communication, we understand each other. We do not create conditions or provocations that may cause tension,” the mayor said. He explained that the mayor’s role was to mitigate tensions from the beginning through talks with the involved parties. “We should not stand against each other, we are all citizens of Bulgaria and we should not allow such situations. Here is the role of law enforcement, the prosecutor’s office and the judiciary to find the right direction and the guilty must be punished. Tension would do no good,” Gencho Genchev said. In his opinion, the state is making efforts to integrate the Roma, but it is difficult to re-educate an ethnic group. “Because of sanctions against them, they become more aggressive. They are accustomed to receiving social benefits, and suddenly all these changes seem complicated to them, thinking that someone has to provide for their livelihood,” the mayor said.
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Tihomir Bezlov, analyst: There is a pre-election element in the incidents with the Gypsy minority

Tihomir Bezlov, analyst: There is a pre-election element in the incidents with the Gypsy minority

12 April 2019 | 14:07 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. There is a pre-election element in the incidents with the Gypsy minority, Tihomir Bezlov, senior analyst in Security at the Center for the Study of Democracy, said to Focus Radio. Such incidents occur periodically, but in more tense situations people are prone to taking the law in their own hands, and the pre-election situation makes it difficult to suppress tensions, Bezlov explained. In his words, ghettoisation is one of the reasons for Roma aggression. “The removal of these ghettos is worth billions, and it should be assumed that society is ready to give billions for it instead of for pensions, education or infrastructure. We are glad to see the Roma minority moving to Western Europe, but the countries that have to pay that price do not look happy and I’m sure they will try to overturn the situation. They are making different changes in their social systems to limit this wave. What has to be done is see how much society could invest, as it believes that what has been done so far is ineffective,” Tihomir Bezlov said. He also said that the share of the Roma minority in the cities was increasing as a result of Bulgarian emigration.
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MoI ready to send more police to Gabrovo, says deputy minister

MoI ready to send more police to Gabrovo, says deputy minister

12 April 2019 | 11:39 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Ministry of Interior is ready to send more gendarmerie and special police forces in Gabrovo if necessary, Deputy Minister Krasimir Tsipov said during a briefing in the Parliament in connection with the protest in the city this evening, Focus News Agency reports. In connection with an injured journalist, Tsipov said it was reported on 112. He invited the injured to report the case in the local police station or the regional directorate.
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Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov: To solve the gypsy problem we need a deliberate but firm state policy

Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov: To solve the gypsy problem we need a deliberate but firm state policy

12 April 2019 | 08:58 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. To solve the gypsy problem we need a deliberate but firm state policy, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Krasimir Karakachanov in interview for Focus Radio, referring to the tensions in Gabrovo over the past days. According to him, there is anger in society as such domestic crimes committed by members of marginalised communities are everyday life in different places in Bulgaria. Minister Karakachanov stressed that the measures could only be complex. “This problem, which has been neglected for 30 years, cannot be solved by the police alone. The police intervene when there is a crime but they can’t be everywhere. I have introduced a concept for solving the Gypsy problem in the Council of Ministers,” said Minister Karakachanov. In his words, it should start with education as those gypsies that create problems are illiterate, unable to read and write, have no job or desire to integrate and tend to be aggressive. "Then, there is the social benefits system, which is literally stupid at the moment. There are 400,000 people of working age who do not want to work and are considered long-term unemployed. They are offered jobs by the employment bureaus but they refuse to work because they prefer to live on social benefits, fake disability certificates and child allowances,” the minister said, adding that the social benefits should be stopped in case of a refused job offer. According to Minister Karakachanov, a large part of society sees the problem and supports these ideas.
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National police chief: Nine detained in Gabrovo, a police officer was slightly injured

National police chief: Nine detained in Gabrovo, a police officer was slightly injured

12 April 2019 | 08:39 | FOCUS News Agency
Gabrovo. Nine people were detained in Gabrovo late yesterday, while one police officer suffered a slight injury, National Police General Directorate head Hristo Terziyski said at a briefing in Gabrovo, Focus News Agency reports. The peaceful protest, which drew 800-900 people, was followed by processions in the city centre where the police detained four young people throwing stones and firecrackers, and three of them will face pre-trial proceedings. Another person was detained without identity papers, and four others – in connection with a fire on the top of an uninhabited building. This case will be investigated, Terziyski said.
Furthermore, a police officer suffered a slight injury and received medical care. Two other people went to the emergency medical centre but have not complained to the police thus far.
Gabrovo Mayor Tanya Hristova said mass inspections into one’s place of residence would continue indefinitely. She called on political parties to avoid stirring up ethnic tensions.
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Gabrovo: Mayor orders demolition of local municipal buildings designated for removal to prevent squatters moving in

Gabrovo: Mayor orders demolition of local municipal buildings designated for removal to prevent squatters moving in

11 April 2019 | 14:10 | FOCUS News Agency
Gabrovo. Mayor Tanya Hristova ordered the immediate demolition of the municipal buildings in the city that are on the list for removal in order to prevent squatters from moving in, the Municipality’s press office said.
The order is part of measures taken to preserve public order and avoid conflicts and tensions among the local population. The order also applies to uninhabited buildings that may draw public anger. They are not part of urban planning and/or are in disrepair.
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Minister Krasimir Karakachanov: The police did their job in Gabrovo, mayors must be much more vigilant

Minister Krasimir Karakachanov: The police did their job in Gabrovo, mayors must be much more vigilant

11 April 2019 | 11:45 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The police did their job in Gabrovo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Krasimir Karakachanov told a briefing after a meeting at the Council of Ministers over tensions in Gabrovo, Focus News Agency reports. The protest was peaceful, but then some protesters headed to the local detention unit to storm into it and revenge on the detained, three Gypsies who had beaten a shop assistant, Ministry of Interior’s Secretary General, Ivaylo Ivanov, said. The ministry sent additional police forces to the city and the situation is now said to be under control.
According to Krasimir Karakachanov, the mayors should be much more watchful when newcomers arrive from other places. “The local authorities must finally start doing their job, and when a mayor knows that newcomers are illegally settling, building illegal dwellings or staying in abandoned buildings, he should warn the police in advance rather than waiting for an incident to happen and force us to rush the police with all its resources,” the minister said.
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Todor Grebenarov, national police: Gabrovo had a normal night, police presence remains stronger

Todor Grebenarov, national police: Gabrovo had a normal night, police presence remains stronger

11 April 2019 | 09:36 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Last night in Gabrovo was normal, National Police General Directorate deputy head Todor Grebenarov told Nova TV in connection with the tension at a spontaneously organised protest against the attack on a shop assistant by three Gypsies. “Enough forces from the Gendarmerie and specialised police forces from Sofia were additionally deployed last night to keep security and public order on the territory of Gabrovo. They will remain in Gabrovo as long as necessary,” Grebenarov assured the public, and called for tranquillity and prudence. The protest, called through social networks, attracted a lot of people and the situation escalated, he said.
After the beating of the salesman on Nikolaevska St., the District Prosecutor’s Office has brought charges against the three detained. They will remain in custody for 72 hours.
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