Two victims and heavy clashes in Katunitsa village25 September 2011 | 17:18 | FOCUS News Agency
The clashes involving some 2,000 people started when relatives of a teenager who was run over by a Rashkov family vehicle attacked the Roma patriarch's home. Another person died and five others were injured.
Three policemen and two civilians were hurt in the riots, while a 16-year-old at the scene who suffered from heart problems was taken to hospital, where he later died.
Today it became clear that the driver of the bus, killing 19-year-Angel has been detained. The driver was arrested while trying to cross the Turkish border.
Over 2,000 fans participated in the clashes. Football fans of the two biggest clubs in Plovdiv Botev and Locomotive arrived in the village to support locals in their desire to expel the family of Tsar Kiro from Katunitsa.
Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior Kalin Georgiev, Director of Plovdiv District Police Directorate (PDPD) senior commissary Todor Chonov and Plovdiv District Prosecutor Ivan Daskalov held a press conference in reference with the tense situation in Katunitsa. The press conference took place at the building of Police District Directorate in Plovdiv at 11.00am on Sunday.
Actions that police took were in compliance with the ongoing events. That is what Deputy Minister Dimitar Georgiev said for BNR commenting of the riots in the village of Katunitsa. The only goal was to avoid clashes claiming more lives and more injured. Three police officers have been reportedly injured since the beginning of the riots now. Two of them suffer broken hands. The major objective is to protect and preserve human life. The operation that was carried out last night was correct in view of the fact that we didn’t allowed more injured”, he said.
The Chief Prosecutor has ordered inquiry into the source of Kiril Rashkov’s wealth, said that the district prosecutor of Plovdiv Ivan Daskalov at a press conference. It will be made a full audit of his incomes as an individual. A petition was spread in the state institutions on this issue. Kiril Rashkov himself is currently at disposal of the police, together with his relatives. Currently there are no unfinished complaints against Roma boss, Daskalov said. Most of these complaints concern the activities of people in Rashkov’s circle, Daskalov said. There are bilateral complaint lodged before the tragic incident that killed 19-year-old Angel Petrov, and it was associated with the pretrial proceedings.
Meanwhile it surfaced that Asenovgrad District Court has ruled out guilty verdicts against five of some 28 arrested in yesterday’s riots in Katunitsa village for hooliganism, press centre of the Ministry of Interior announced.
Four of the detained were fined with BGN 300 and one is sentenced three days in the arrest.
About 500 people gathered at Saedinenie (Unification) square in downtown Plovdiv including bikers in support of the people of the village of Katunitsa.
Bikers were coming from a motor gathering in the town of Sopot, as earlier they passed by Katunitsa village.
Bikers staged a protest against lawlessness concerning minorities. Their decision to gather in Plovdiv came spontaneously.
In Sofia a group of 100-200 youths gathered for a mourning procession in the memory of the killed 19-year-old boy in Katunitsa. Later the youths organized a silent protest outside the National Assembly.
At the same time the ruling party released a communication to the media in reference with accusations that Kiril Rashev is member of their party.
Kiril Rashkov is not a member of Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB), the party said. In regard to false and manipulative information in the internet – blogs, agencies and media that Kiril Rashov a.k.a. Tsar Kiro is CEDB member we want to declare that the carefully spread “news” is an absolute lie. Neither Kiril Rashkov nor members of his family are party members and they had never been such, the communication released to the media reads.
We request the serious Bulgarian journalism for differentiation from untruths, we call every one who respect and comply with the ethic code of the Bulgaria’s media to observe the basic rules set in it: furnish authentic information to the society.
Minister of Interior and Deputy Prime Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov commented the incident, saying: We need to work on policies for integrity. According to Tsvetanov what happened last night should not be repeated and it should be taken adequate measures. He pointed out that there are problems overlaid with the years and one accident has unlocked the aggression. Tsvetanov said that local people were more pragmatic and willing to dialogue, but the other was more aggressive and this approach could lead to fatal consequences. Interior Minister said that to avoid any subsequent cases it is needed to work on policies for integrity.
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