Vandals scrawled ‘Death to Turks’ on Mufti’s Office in Bulgaria

2015-02-24 07:41:15 | Al Muslim News
Vandals scrawled ‘Death to Turks’ on Mufti’s Office in Bulgaria

 

Anonymous vandals scrawled “death to Turks” on the front of a religious affairs office in southwestern Bulgaria late night on Feb. 22. The slogan was marked on the mufti building in the city of Blagoevgrad. Blagoevgrad mufti Aydin Muhammed told that the local Muslim community had experienced such outrageous attacks before, claiming the vandals' identities is known but the culprits remain unpunished “Some of the attackers of religious structures belonging to Turks and Muslims were detained, but they were not given to any punishment because [local authorities say] the resulting damage is lower than the minimum wage in the country,” said Mufti Aydin Muhammed. That racial attacks against the Islamic community have become systematic, numbering more than 250 incidents in the last 25 years, he added. Bulgarian communist leader Todor Zhivkov’s assimilation campaign against the Muslim Turk minority in the Balkan country resulted in more than 300,000 Muslim migrating to Turkey in the late 1980s. About 1.5 million Bulgaria’s 7.3 million population are Muslim. Bulgarian Turks are the descendants of Turks in the Balkan region; Bulgaria was part of the Ottoman Empire for nearly five centuries..

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