ADDED ON: 10/04/2020

Plovdiv Attacks Highlight Bulgaria’s Unsolved Homophobia Problem

10/03/2020 | Balkan Insight

Videos and witness reports show that a few days ago, in the very centre of Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second city, groups of teenagers attacked other youngsters of the same age based on their appearance and suspected homosexuality. The assaults on Sunday, September 27, which included people aged as young as 14 and 15, was, according to media reports and accounts by victims, coordinated by a radicalised group of youngsters who decided to “cleanse” the city centre of people who looked like they were in the LGBT spectrum. Several girls were also physically abused, one just because she had a short haircut. Police intervened, but too late, according to comments on social media. The case has attracted the attention of the local prosecution who have vowed to investigate. But no comment has come from Plovdiv’s mayor or from government officials.

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