Bulgarian President Georgi Purvanov ordered an investigation into last week’s riots in which skin heads clashed with Romas. There are right wing groups in Bulgaria such ass the Bulgarian National Union(BNU) which continually abuse Romas, and, in many cases resort to physical assaults. Muslim and Jewish groups in Bulgaria have urged authorities to halt attacks on Romas because they are merely the initial object of right wing hatred, later it will turn against Muslims and Jews.
Interior Minister Petkov told Vladmir Rasete who heads the BNU to halt further provocation against Romas and to cease talking about forming a national guard. There are hopes a major European Union grant will provide decent housing for thousands of Romas.