Turkish-Bulgarian MP seeks minority status for Turks
SOFIA - Anadolu Agency
In an interview with Bulgaria’s bTV on Nov. 7, Lyutvi Mestan, head of the Democrats for Responsibility, Solidarity and Tolerance Party (DOST), also accused the government of applying assimilationist policies towards ethnic Turks and Muslims.
"I don’t want anything beyond this," he said.
Mestan also mentioned how earlier this year, before the March general election, he was barred from speaking in Turkish while campaigning as using a foreign language on the campaign trail is against the law.
"During the campaign, my right to speak in my mother tongue was violated," he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Krasimir Karakachanov has called on state prosecutors to take action again Mestan, calling his demands unlawful and "provocative."