Anti-Muslim hatred is growing in Bulgaria. Last year, attacks were staged by angry citizens against Muslims who are sprawled out in the streets, praying and blasting eardrum shattering Islamic Calls to Prayer several times a day.
In the past year, no legislative reforms of judicial actions have been taken to secure Muslims rights. On the contrary, some of the victims are being sued for hooliganism. Ataka supporters attacked Muslim worshipers, shouting provocative slogans and throwing stones.
This type of discrimination is visible everywhere in the Balkans, a Bosnian journalist told Press TV. Muslims continue to be largely deprived of access to proper education, healthcare, jobs or political representation.
Muslims, mostly ethnic Turkish descendants of the Ottoman Empire's reach into Europe, make up more than 12 percent of Bulgaria's 7.8 million population, according to official figures.