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Bulgarian from Bosilegrad stopped by Serbian border authorities for carrying books

| updated on 8/10/23 12:10 PM
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For 4 hours, the Serbian authorities at the "Oltomantsi"- "Ribartsi" border crossing did not allow Bulgarian Alexander Dimitrov from Bosilegrad to enter Serbia. The reason is that he carried with him books in Bulgarian language.

These are three copies of "The Fate of the Bulgarians in the Western Outlands" as author of the book is former consul of Bulgaria in Nis, Edvin Sugarev. "I am not breaking the law and the authorities have absolutely no reason to bother me," Dimitrov has told BTA, as he is also the agency's contributor in Bosilegrad. According to Serbian rules, one can bring up to 3 books of the same title through customs. "I spoke with the consul of Bulgaria in Nis, Dimitar Tsanev. He supported me and promised to talk to the authorities," Dimitrov pointed out.

The incident happened on the eve of the working visit to Bosilegrad of the Head of Cooperation at the European Commission Delegation to Serbia, Nicola Bertolini. On August 10, Bertolini meets the local authorities to discuss projects in the social sphere.

I call on the authorities for urgent action on the case; I will immediately send a signal to the European Commission over yet another violation of human rights and freedoms! This was what Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Co-President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and a Member of the European Parliament from the Renew Europe group, said.

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