MPs of the Committee on the Internal Security and Public Order heard out the Minister of Interior Hristo Terziyski.
"We tabled amendments in the Road Traffic Act 10 days ago concerning a faster way to collect fines and an improvement in the discipline on the road”, said the Minister of Interior. He pointed out that there is an increase in the number of collected fines. The total amount is BGN 25 million higher. A total of BGN 80 million has been collected since the beginning of 2020 due to a better control and interaction.
Corruption has decreased by 60%, the Minister pointed out.
The Chief Commissioner of the Ministry of Interior – Ivaylo Ivanov – congratulated his colleagues on how they did their job.
"Just a few people have ever taken part in such riots – it’s not the same to observe and take action. If we had any information in advance of such provocations, we wouldn’t let anyone to be hurt – neither a protester, nor a policeman. Our main aim is to maintain the public order”, Ivanov continued.
“Many people blamed us that we are serving politicians. That is not true – our job on September 2 is to keep the institutions safe. MPs succeeded reaching their workplace and leave it unworried”, added the Chief Commissioner of the Ministry of Interior. In his words checkpoints were set up in order to avoid violence among protesters.
“35 pre-trial proceedings against 37 people have been started in the last 9 months; two of them are concerning fireworks and small bombs thrown on the national protests”, Terziyski pointed out.
"On September 2 there were 100 injured policemen, 6 of them were hospitalized. There was a policeman who lost his sight after a bomb was thrown at him, while another bomb fell besides the shield of another policeman and his hand is heavily injured”, explained the Minister of Interior.
These policemen are just doing their job and wish to go back to their families at night, Terziyski pointed out.
"On September 22 there was a mass event. The procession which started after 10 PM wasn’t announced as a happening. The protesters tried to convince the policemen that they want to light a candle in the Cathedral “St. Alexander Nevski”, but it was already closed. They actually were trying to provoke the policemen. We were informed that their true intentions are to attack the building of the National Assembly. It wasn’t us who started to throw stones or improvised explosive devices – it was them”, Ivaylo Ivanov explained.
In his words policemen are allowed to use force against protesters in particular situations, while the opposite is not true. Whoever exceeded his authority is already punished”, he pointed out.