Activists from nationalist Bulgarian party VMRO have headed to the Plovdiv village of Katunitsa in the wake of interethnic violence that left 1 killed and 6 injured.

The VMRO delegation is headed by vice-chair Angel Dzhambazki and after visiting Katunitsa will stage a protest at the regional police directorate in Plovdiv.

Friday night a van driven by Plovdiv Roma intentionally ran over and killed a local youth, after simmering tensions came to a tragic end.

The village of Katunitsa is home to part of the family of notorious Roma clan leader Kiril Rashkov, aka Tsar Kiro, and local residents have complained they have for years lived at the mercy of the family.

"Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov must immediately answer why the Katunitsa killers are at large, while police are guarding the properties of Kiril Rashkov," stated Dzhambazki Saturday.

Saturday ethnic Bulgarians from the village gathered once more in front of the Tsar Kiro estates, which they had vandalized overnight before riot police set in.

Rioters have overturned and burnt cars belonging to the Rashkov family, but have after that returned home.

October 1 VMRO are calling a national rally in capital Sofia under the motto "No More Gipsiness."
Ethnic Violence in Bulgaria Goes Wild: Crowd Sets Ablaze House of Roma Boss

An angered crowd of ethnic Bulgarians has set on fire the estate of notorious Roma clan leader Kiril Rashkov, aka Tsar Kiro, in the village of Katunitsa after ethnic tensions escalated to an unprecedented high.

The luxury estate of Tsar Kiro, in which members of his family reside, has been set aflame from all sides, as riot police are unable to stop rioters.
Ethnic Violence in Bulgaria Goes Wild: Crowd Sets Ablaze House of Roma Boss

Fire squads are attempting to quench up the blazes, as protesters keep on vandalizing the property.

Tensions first flared up Friday evening, after what locals describe as the intentionall running over and killing of a local 19-year-old ethnic Bulgarian by a car full of Roma people.

Local Bulgarian residents went to vandalize the property of the famous and influential local Roma leader, but were largely restrained by a 200-strong deployment of police.

However, reports have it that Saturday evening rioters are not Katunitsa locals, but rather extremist football fans of the two major teams in nearby city of Plovdiv, Lokomotiv and Botev.

People in Katunitsa are reported to alarmed at the escalation of violence, as they fear what effects the conflict will have on the future of life in the village.

According to eyewitnesses, some 200 vandals are throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the Rashkov residence, shouting "Murderers!"

Cars from Plovdiv are said to be flocking to the village.

Expect details.

Interethnic tensions have been simmering in Katunitsa for years, with locals complaining of Tsar Kiro and members of his family exercising a self-styled rule over the community, with authorities doing little or nothing to curb it.


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