Hywel From Peru, joined Apr 2008, 739 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (11 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 902 times:
Apparently it was a set-up... something to drum up support and raise the popularity of his party. That's what the mainstream press in Bulgaria is saying according to my friends there anyway. The video does look a bit fake - why would the guy get up on the podium instead of shooting from a distance, and how did he get in with the high security?
Another interesting fact: it was just a gas pistol that fires tear gas. A comment from Bulgarian press, "They even gave the guy a gas pistol in case he messed something up and actually shot Dogan"
Hywel From Peru, joined Apr 2008, 739 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (11 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 719 times:
Hmm, my last post kept posting incorrectly with bad formatting. Not sure why. Here's another try at posting:
Bulgarian media is still saying they found 3 bullets in the pistol, all of them containing pepper spray or something similar. It could kill from very close contact, for example if fired directly into the eyes. But that would have to be from less than 5cm away.
This is copied from an email off a Bulgarian friend earlier. I've got several Bulgarian friends and they all think the same, and claim mainstream media in Sofia is disagreeing completely with Western media.
Quote: Most Bulgarians think this is nothing but a PR stunt. Dogan was losing votes. Dogan is Muslim and "fights" for the Muslim rights in Bulgaria. He knew this is going to go international! Bear in mind the gunman didn't shoot. He had the perfect opportunity but he didn't. Watch the video again, the gunman wasn't even trying to press the trigger. All was faked just to bring attention to that particular party, which many people dislike because of its Turkish links.
I'm still not sure what to think... maybe some Bulgarian members of A.net can comment?
Quokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (11 months 3 days ago) and read 623 times:
Quoting Hywel (Reply 3): and how did he get in with the high security?
It seems that there were no metal detectors in place until after the attack. The National Protection Service was responsible for security in the immediate vicinity and inside the building, while local police were responsible outside the building. The assailant appears to be wearing a badge, allegedly from a previous party event.
With his past connections to Bulgarian security, could Dogan asked the NPS to look the other way? It was reported that he intended to step down as leader so it is unclear what advantage a staged attack would bring.