This 12 April 2016 video shows a Bulgarian paramilitary gang hunting refugees from the Afghan war.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:
In Bulgaria images have turned up of vigilantes tying migrants. The amateur footage shows three migrants. They are located in a forest on the ground with their hands tied at the back. They are told that they must immediately return to Turkey. “No Bulgaria for you”, says one of the vigilantes.
According to Bulgarian media, the images are from the Strandja region, near the Turkish border. The video was posted Sunday on Facebook by one of the vigilantes, who calls himself Joseph Louis Barrow. Barrow was a famous American boxer.
Border police chief calls the vigilante action illegal. “In Bulgaria, only the authorities may arrest someone,” he says. According to the border police, the migrants come from Afghanistan.
“Apparently our government and the compliant media have forgotten their Bulgarian origin,” Barrow wrote this morning. “Long live Bulgaria … Death, death and death alone to the traitors.”
The BBC reports that more vigilantes are active near the Turkish-Bulgarian border. Last week a volunteer border patrol was given an award by the border police for holding 23 migrants.
AT the Idomeni crossing from Greece into Macedonia refugees are clashing with Macedonian soldiers and police, as they try to reopen the border near their makeshift camp in the northern Greek border village of Idomeni, so as to proceed into Europe. 300 people have been injured by Macedonian police firing teargas, stun grenades and rubber bullets at them, said ‘Doctors without Borders’. The teargas from the clashes has spread to the nearby camp where children are suffering from respiratory problems, and where two people have already set themselves alight in protest at their treatment: here.
By Peter Schwarz in Germany today:
Not long ago, a bitter conflict raged in Europe between advocates of sealing off Europe’s borders and supporters of a “European solution” to the refugee crisis.
The German chancellor, who insisted most explicitly on a “European solution,” was praised to the skies by liberal journalists and politicians as the “refugees’ chancellor,” who had finally discovered her heart for the vulnerable and persecuted. The Greens and sections of the Left Party joined in. There were even suggestions that Merkel be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Merkel’s opponents accused her of national betrayal and violation of the Constitution.
Now, everyone can see what a “European solution” means: sealing off Europe’s borders. War refugees, who have risked the life-threatening journey across the Aegean Sea, are detained, mistreated and sent back to Turkey, where they are interned once again by the Turkish government and then returned to their country of origin.
The concentration camps on Greek islands surrounded by barbed-wire fences, the batons and tear gas canisters with which Macedonian border police assault defenceless refugees, and the bureaucratic ruthlessness with which desperate people are bullied and expelled throughout Europe recall the grimmest chapter in German history.
Bulgarian fascists stage march in honour of nazi-supporting General Lukov: here.