The video of a young man sitting next to the Bulgarian EU external border fence with a gunshot wound has made headlines across Europe in recent days. However, contrary to initial reports that he was shot by a border guard, the Bulgarian Interior Minister now claims that no shot was fired from the Bulgarian side. Rather, the migrants are extremely violent and often armed – with stones, knives and other weapons.
Just a few weeks ago, a Bulgarian police officer was shot dead by two smugglers, in another accident involving a smuggler’s vehicle in the border area, two more officers were killed.”Who expects that our police will not react to these actions and the life and health of the Bulgarian border police officers will not protects, he is wrong.” The men who want to enter the EU illegally would become “more and more aggressive”. “Migrants trying to enter our territory illegally are becoming increasingly aggressive. In some cases they use stones, knives and other weapons,” Minister Ivan Demerdzhiev said on Monday. 65 young men from Syria wanted to enter Bulgaria by force. The incident ended well for the young Syrian, who survived, as reported by the German television station ARD. It is not known who recorded the video and for what purpose.
The version of the Bulgarian interior minister, into whose country 150,000 people have tried to enter illegally since the beginning of the year, contradicts what the European media have been spreading for days. According to a forensic report of the video, the shot is said to have come from the Bulgarians – this is reported by the German Tagesschau. A military expert said it was very likely a warning shot and someone was accidentally hit.