JUSTICE FOR MITKO! СПРАВЕДЛИВОСТ ЗА МИТКО!
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We call upon the Bulgarian authorities to undertake an immediate and effective investigation of the racist attack against the 17-year-old Romani boy Mitko Yonkov.
If the authorities ignor the racist motivation of the perpetrator Angel Kaleev, as it usually happens in Bulgaria in such cases, it will be a clear indication that:
- Bulgarian government tolerates and encourages the violent anti-Gypsyism
- Roma in Bulgaria can no longer trust the Bulgarian authorities to enforce the law and to protect them against the growing menace of everyday Fascism
- European Commission fails to guarantee its EU citizens of Roma origin the basic right to life, liberty and security of person
- Roma should take care of their own security in order to protect their families and children against other "patriots" inspired by Angel Kaleev
Mitko Yonkov was brutally beaten, after telling a Bulgarian Neo-Nazi that Roma and Bulgarians are equal. This happened on Monday, April 18th, 2016 in the village of Ovchepoltsi in Bulgaria. The country is EU and NATO Member State.
The Nazi filmed the attack and put the video on his Facebook page. During an interview on BTV, a Bulgarian national broadcaster, the 24-year-old attacker Angel Kaleev admitted his racist motivation. The Nazi proudly said that he does not feel any guilt for what he did. The footage of the attack will not be published here as it provides scenes of violence and humiliation.
The Nazi Angel Kaleev who attacked Mitko was released from the custody on April 22nd. The district court of Pazardzhik ruled out that the Nazi can go home if he pays the bail amount of 500 leva, which is about 250 EUR. If Kaleev decides to beat a dog and to film it he would probably get more troubles in Bulgaria. So the message of the Bulgarian court to the Roma in Bulgaria is clear: You Are not Equal to Us!
This petition will be delivered to the Bulgarian Ambassador in London, UK, on 16th of May 2016, which is the Romani Resistance Day.
We call all Roma and all friends of Roma to resist, to take action and to mobilize people around the “JUSTICE FOR MITKO" campaign. We would like to invite you to organize simultaneous actions in different countries.
Roma Nation Movement, United Kingdom.
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