Riot at refugee camp in southern Bulgaria leads to crackdown and extraditions
- More than 400 asylum-seekers detained in the camp at Harmanli in southern Bulgaria clashed with police, throwing stones and setting fire to furniture before police shot them with rubber bullets and a water cannon.
- Local media had accused refugees at the camp, home to 3,000, of carrying infectious skin diseases, leading to their confinement to the camp and stoking outrage among the detained.
- The Bulgarian government has initiated arrangements to deport those involved as nationalists have called for the closure of all refugee centers.
“Bulgarian police fire rubber bullets during migrant camp riot” (The Guardian)
“After riot, Bulgaria to send migrants to closed camps, plans extraditions” (Reuters)
“Migrant crisis: Riot in Bulgaria’s largest refugee centre” (BBC)
(Image Credit: AFP/Getty Images, via The Guardian)