(Image Source: Al Jazeera)


BY CHARESSE JAMES
Anchor Neville Miller



Bulgarian police have detained a man after he pointed a gas pistol at a prominent politician while he was delivering a speech at a party conference Saturday.

The man rushed the podium where Ahmed Dogan, veteran leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, was speaking and pointed the gun at his face. After the initial shot misfired, Mr. Dogan struck the pistol out of the assailant’s hands. The gunman was then wrestled to the ground.

The liberal MRF party represents mainly ethnic Turks and other Muslims in Bulgaria, who account for 12 percent of the population of 7.3 million people. Dogan, 58, is considered one of Bulgaria’s most influential political figures and has lead the party since establishing it in 1990. The conference was being held to elect his successor.

Attacks on politicians are considered rare in Bulgaria. The last attack of this nature occurred in 1996, when former Prime Minister Andrei Lukanov was found shot outside of his home. According to the Bulgarian president,

“Bulgarian society is traditionally known for its tolerance, mutual acceptance and respect between different ethnic groups and religions. … Such an act is unacceptable in a democratic state.”

And leaders of Bulgaria’s larger political parties are also coming forward to condemn the attack, saying that this “appalling” attack is the result of deep-seeded partisan hatred that can’t go ignored any longer.

“What happened cannot be downplayed. This is an assault on democracy in Bulgaria and against everyone in Bulgaria. We are deeply alarmed at the processes going on in society and at the possible destabilization of the country. Long fanned hatred and aggression against one's political opponents are now giving their ugly effects. We must all resolutely rise against them.”

According to Al Jazeera, Ahmed Dogan escaped Saturday's attack unscathed. The gunman, 25, is currently in the hospital pending interrogation. His motives and how he entered the premises are not yet known.

 

Bulgarian Politician Survives Assassination Attempt

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Jan 19, 2013

Bulgarian Politician Survives Assassination Attempt

(Image Source: Al Jazeera)


BY CHARESSE JAMES
Anchor Neville Miller



Bulgarian police have detained a man after he pointed a gas pistol at a prominent politician while he was delivering a speech at a party conference Saturday.

The man rushed the podium where Ahmed Dogan, veteran leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, was speaking and pointed the gun at his face. After the initial shot misfired, Mr. Dogan struck the pistol out of the assailant’s hands. The gunman was then wrestled to the ground.

The liberal MRF party represents mainly ethnic Turks and other Muslims in Bulgaria, who account for 12 percent of the population of 7.3 million people. Dogan, 58, is considered one of Bulgaria’s most influential political figures and has lead the party since establishing it in 1990. The conference was being held to elect his successor.

Attacks on politicians are considered rare in Bulgaria. The last attack of this nature occurred in 1996, when former Prime Minister Andrei Lukanov was found shot outside of his home. According to the Bulgarian president,

“Bulgarian society is traditionally known for its tolerance, mutual acceptance and respect between different ethnic groups and religions. … Such an act is unacceptable in a democratic state.”

And leaders of Bulgaria’s larger political parties are also coming forward to condemn the attack, saying that this “appalling” attack is the result of deep-seeded partisan hatred that can’t go ignored any longer.

“What happened cannot be downplayed. This is an assault on democracy in Bulgaria and against everyone in Bulgaria. We are deeply alarmed at the processes going on in society and at the possible destabilization of the country. Long fanned hatred and aggression against one's political opponents are now giving their ugly effects. We must all resolutely rise against them.”

According to Al Jazeera, Ahmed Dogan escaped Saturday's attack unscathed. The gunman, 25, is currently in the hospital pending interrogation. His motives and how he entered the premises are not yet known.

 

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