Bulgaria: Mayor of Garmen says anti-Romani protests are being exploited for political gain
26/05/2015 – Anti-Romani protests broke out in the municipality of Garmen in southwestern Bulgaria on Saturday. Those protesting say they have long had conflicts with some occupants of temporary housing near their community. Yesterday a meeting was held between representatives of the protesters, the governor of the region, the director of regional authority on construction and the mayor of Garmen, Minka Kapitanova. Currently calm prevails thanks to the police presence. According to news server Bnt.bg, however, there was a risk that radical football hooligans would participate in the protests. Speaking at yesterday’s meeting, the mayor emphasized that in her view the problem is a social one, not an ethnic one, because many local Romani people participate in society without any problems.