Bulgarian populist BWC party blocks Turkish border

Populist party Bulgaria Without Censorship (BWC), led by former talk show host Nikolai Barekov, blocked the country’s three border checkpoints with Turkey on October 1 in protest against Turkish citizens with Bulgarian passports voting in Sunday’s early parliamentary elections.

BWC supporters wanted to prevent Turkish Bulgarian passport-holders crossing into Bulgaria for celebrations of the Muslim holy feast days of Kurban Bayram on October 4 to 7.

There are large numbers of Turkish citizens who formerly lived in Bulgaria as citizens before being driven out in a Bulgarian communist-era anti-Turkish campaign.

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