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120 Islamophobes Arrested in Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s security forces have arrested 120 individuals who were trying to set fire to a mosque.

The group of Islamophobes held a rally in the city of Plovdiv, south of the country, on Friday before attempting to burn the city’s mosque, the desdomesetdesminarets website reported.

Over 2,000 people had gathered outside a Plovdiv court as it heard an appeal case dealing with the return of an ancient mosque in the central city of Karlovo, taken over by the state more than 100 years ago, to Bulgaria’s Chief Mufti, the Muslim religious authority.

The rally then marched through the city and some protesters, chanting racist slogans, approached a Plovdiv mosque cordoned off by police, police said in a statement.

The anti-Islamic rally grew violent as police tried to prevent the radical group from entering the mosque.
A number of security forces and several bystanders were attacked and injured by the far right extremists attending the rally.

Bulgaria’s Mufti has slammed the attempt to attack the mosque and set it on fire.
Source: ABNA