Elena Yoncheva: We are arriving in Bulgaria with MEPs, police violence will be investigated

Elena Yoncheva

Elena Yoncheva, along with MEPs, part of the Democracy Monitoring Group, will investigate police violence against protesters in Sofia last year. This will happen during their mission in Bulgaria at the end of September. Elena Yoncheva announced that meetings with the prosecutor’s office and the Ministry of Interior are planned, during which information will be requested about the unacceptable behavior of law enforcement officers in July 2020.

Shocking videos showing several police officers brutally and violently protesting young protesters were released on Friday night. Former GERB rulers, who allowed it with impunity and thus encouraged such behavior, should bear political responsibility. Direct participants – to be punished according to the laws of the country. This is the essence of the rule of law that Bulgaria should be. It is unacceptable and beyond any democratic standards in an EU member state to allow the case to pass without taking measures, Elena Yoncheva commented. She announced that she would do everything in her power as an MEP and member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), as well as Bulgaria’s only representative in the Democracy Monitoring Group, to ensure that police violence did not go unnoticed.
The unprecedented resolution on Bulgaria, which the European Parliament adopted in October 2020 on my initiative, noted with concern and concern what is happening in the country, including the violence against the protesting Bulgarians, she recalled. The evidence for this that we see today only confirms what has already been said in the resolution, Elena Yoncheva commented.

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