A violent scene took place on Saturday in Bulgaria. The historic leader of the party of the Turkish minority in Bulgaria, Ahmed Dogan, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt. A 25 year old man coldly pointed his gun to his head during an official speech. The gas gun did not fire fortunately.
While Ahmed Dogan was speaking from the rostrum to the delegates at the congress of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), a young man, 25 years old and, according to the police, armed with a pistol and gas two knives tried to shoot the officer. Without success. It was then mastered by delegates have also witnesses said on public radio BNR. The author was then arrested by the police, announced the vice-president of the party, Lyutvi Mestan.
Ahmed Dogan, aged 58, runs the MRF since its foundation in 1990, and his party has participated twice in coalition governments with socialist direction (ex-communist) or center-left from 2001 to 2009, but today in opposition to the Conservative government of Prime Minister Boiko Borissov. The press is expected to announced his retirement from the presidency of the MRF in the evening, a decision unrelated to the attempted bombing.
In Bulgaria, the Turkish minority in a country long under Ottoman rule (1396-1878) represents about 10% of the population.