Police, protesters hurt in clash in Bulgaria’s Radnevo amid ethnic tension

Three police and six protesters were injured in confrontations in the southern Bulgarian town of Radnevo as more than 2000 people demonstrated over an earlier incident in which four Roma men seriously assaulted three young men.

The Roma men are in custody and are to face charges of attempted murder.

While some reports said that those taking part in the protest in Radnevo, officially said to have a population of about 13 000, were locals, other reports said that biker clubs and “football fans” – the latter often a byword in Bulgaria for young men seeking confrontation in far-right and nationalist causes – had come to the town for the event.

The clash during the protest on the night of May 4 happened after some of those taking part in the protest threw stones and other objects, including fireworks and water bottles, trying to break a large police cordon and head to the town’s Roma neighbourhood.

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