The video of three migrants seen with their hands tied and being shouted at to leave Bulgaria after having been arrested by local citizens patrols raised indignation amongst human rights groups.
Such arrests have happened in recent weeks, targeting migrants arriving through Bulgaria’s border with Turkey in a move denounced by the Bulgarian branch of the Helsinki Committee (BHC) rights group.
Meanwhile, on Monday, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov attended a tactical training of the army at the Novo Selo training area, South Bulgaria, and announced that 300 additional army officers will be send to guard the country’s borders.
However, in a first time, the Prime Minister praised the action of such citizens patrols and the government stated that help from citizens is always useful but that it is seeking ways to channel citizens’ actions into helping police lawfully.
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"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan