Police have detained a man after he mounted a stage and pointed a gas pistol at an ethnic Turkish party leader
A Bulgarian opposition politician narrowly escaped an assassination attempt during a televised speech on Saturday, when a man climbed on the stage next to him and pointed a gun to his head at point-blank range.
Ahmed Dogan, the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), which represents the Turkish minority in Bulgaria, escaped unharmed after his would-be assassin was wrestled to the ground by security guards, during the party congress in the capital Sofia.
Dogan pushed the man away before he could open fire. Photograph: Julian Savchev/EPAVideo footage showed that Dogan, 58, was able to push the man’s hand away before security officials pulled the assailant to the ground, punching and kicking him before he was arrested. He was later taken to hospital.
Police identified the alleged attacker as Oktai Enimehmedov, 25, from the eastern coastal city of Burgas. They said that he was carrying the gun and two knives.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov, the interior minister, is reported to have said that the attacker tried to fire two shots but “most likely the gun misfired”. However, other reports suggest that the weapon was a gas pistol, a non-lethal weapon used for self-defence, which can cause serious injuries when fired from close range.
The liberal MRF party represents ethnic Turks and other Muslims, who make up about 12% of Bulgaria’s population of about seven million. Dogan, who is seen as one of the country’s most influential political figures, was acquitted two years ago after a high-profile corruption trial into payments it was alleged that he received as a consultant for a hydroelectric power project. The MRF was a junior partner in the previous Socialist-led cabinet before switching to the opposition following the 2009 elections.
Dogan, who has led the party for almost 25 years, returned to the conference a few hours after the attack and was given a standing ovation.
President Rosen Plevneliev said in a statement: “Bulgarian society is traditionally known for its tolerance, mutual acceptance and respect between different ethnic groups and religions. Such an act is unacceptable in a democratic state.” The incident was the most serious attack on a politician in Bulgaria since Andrei Lukanov, a former prime minsiter, was found shot dead near his home in Sofia in 1996.
Having joined the European Union in 2007, Bulgarian citizens can move to the UK for work after temporary limits expire at the end of this year. Any Bulgarian who has been working legally as an employee in the UK for 12 months without a break will have full rights of free movement.
• This article was amended on 20 January 2013. The original version wrongly stated that Bulgaria had joined the EU in 1997 instead of 2007.
Video of assassination attempt: Warning! This video contains violence!
President applying radical 1960s theory
Is Barack Obama consciously attempting to bankrupt the United States?
WND senior staff reporter Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D., makes this claim in a new ebook just published, “Obama’s Plan to Bankrupt the USA: The Cloward-Piven Theory.”
On May 2, 1966, two Columbia University sociologists, Professor of Social Work Richard A. Cloward and his then-research associate Frances Fox Piven, wrote a pivotal article in The Nation, articulating “a strategy to end poverty.”
The solution to ending poverty, Cloward and Piven argued, required expanding the government welfare state beyond providing Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and food stamps. They sought to establish a “guaranteed annual income” of at least $100,000 a year as a constitutional right.
Having concluded that a capitalist system would never apply capital fairly to fulfill the needs of workers, the two Columbia University-based sociologists concluded that a progressive strategy of voting ever-expanding social welfare programs could push the capitalist system to the breaking point.
Cloward and Piven, who later married, both taught sociology at the Columbia University School of Social Work when Obama was registered as an undergraduate student at Columbia.
“Barack Obama and the radical left activists now in control of the Democratic Party see the Cloward-Piven theory as predicting a welfare state expanded to the point where the accumulated national debt bankrupts the USA,” Corsi said.
“The Cloward-Piven theory predicts capitalism will collapse such that the USA can be reconstructed as a truly socialist state dedicated to the elimination of private property and the creation of ‘social justice’ achieved by redistributing income from the ‘haves’ to the ‘have-nots.’”
Corsi’s new book is a companion to his ebook “Saul Alinsky: the Evil Genius Behind Obama.”
“Saul Alinsky’s tactics of power politics explain why Obama continually fans the flames of class warfare,” Corsi said.
“In his 2012 presidential campaign, Obama followed the Saul Alinsky playbook chapter and verse, campaigning on the theme to ‘tax the rich.’ When the accumulated U.S. debt causes a credit downgrade in Obama’s second term, Obama and the radical left will continue to blame capitalism and ‘the rich.’”
In the last stages of credit default and technical bankruptcy, the Cloward-Piven theory explains why Americans will abandon the U.S. Constitution in favor of establishing a socialist state.
“Understanding Obama’s plan to bankrupt the USA is essential to any plan to return the USA to financial solvency by reducing government spending and containing the expansion of the welfare state,” Corsi emphasized.