Remember this kerfuffle at the mosque in Bulgaria?
Wife of Bulgarian Nationalist Leader: Mosque Clash Is Victory of Democracy
Kapka Siderova (left) with her son and Siderov’s stepson, Dimitar Stoyanov, who is a MEP from Ataka. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency
The incident in front of the downtown Sofia mosque is a victory of democracy, Kapka Siderova, wife of the leader of the Bulgarian far-right, nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov, says.
On May 20, Ataka supporters, led by Siderov, shocked Bulgaria as its rally protesting against the use of loudspeakers by the mosque in downtown Sofia got out of hand, and activists of Ataka assaulted praying Muslims in front of the mosque.
The incident has had wider repercussions, all the way from Bulgarians flocking to lay flowers at the mosque as a sign of apology, to the start of investigation of Ataka for stirring ethnic and religious hatred and the consolidation of the voters of the Bulgarian ethnic Turkish party DPS (Movement for Rights and Freedoms).
In a Sunday interview for the TV channel bTV, Siderova said the “so-called clash was a way to earn the right to not be exposed to the wail of the Imam.” She insisted the boundaries of tolerance have not been overstepped because there was no fighting, just some pushing, adding things like this happen everywhere and all the time, giving as an example the visit of US President, George W. Bush, in Brussels when demonstrators threw eggs at him.
According to Siderova, precisely the mosque event led to fulfilling some of the long-standing requests to turn the loudspeakers down and not having Muslims pray on the sidewalk.
“I saw for yet another time the face of betrayal – the ugly, snapping faces of people motivated only by money, not a cause,” the Nationalist’s spouse commented on the recent decision of three Ataka Members of the Parliament to leave the party, denying they have been forced to get large loans and sign promissory notes, as they claim.
On the subject of family life and personal relations, Siderova said her and her husband never argue, and the latter is a very emotional person due to his talent to speak and write, which was the reason for her to like him years ago.
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