site.btaMEP Kovatchev: Bulgarian Cultural Club Secretary Beaten in North Macedonia
The secretary of the King Boris III Bulgarian cultural club in Ohrid, Hristian Pendikov, was beaten up this evening, MEP Andrey Kovatchev said on his Facebook account.
"Violence, hatred and discrimination must stop! I expect an immediate reaction from the authorities in both countries! This situation is intolerable. The political class, the media and academia have created an atmosphere of hatred and persecution of Bulgarians. The European institutions will of course be informed! The young man is in hospital! The police have been informed!", Kovatchev wrote.
Kovatchev later clarified that there were three attackers who have been identified. He himself tried to talk to the victim on the phone, but was unable to because the young man had a broken jaw and doctors were with him. Kovatchev spoke on the phone with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia, Bujar Osmani.
"To call yourself a Bulgarian in Macedonia means to be savagely attacked and beaten. Now the attackers will be sentenced to suspended sentences like Lambe (Alabakovski) and the attacks will continue even more viciously! It's time Bulgaria took care of the Bulgarians outside their homeland!" the Ivan Mihailov Bulgarian Cultural Club in Bitola wrote on their Facebook profile.
The King Boris III club in Ohrid was opened in October last year and so far has been attacked several times, first with an agricultural tool, in November the illuminated sign of the club was broken with stones, and a few days later the premises were shot at with a firearm.
The Ivan Mihailov cultural club in Bitola was also targeted. Singer Lambe Alabakovski was given a suspended sentence for attempting to set fire to the building.