January 19, 2009
The provokers at yesterday’s anti-government protest turned into riots were hired and paid 300 leva (EUR150) to start fights with the police and ruin the peaceful march, DeltaNews reports on Thursday, quoting rumors.
People with black masks were roaming through the crowds giving the sum to people under the influence of alcohol. Some of the provokers claim to have been paid days in advance.
“I met a guy from the suburb of Lulin came and gave us 300 leva each in order to organize a mass fight with the police at the protest”, two members of a FC Levski’s ultras group told the Bulgarian National Radio.
He had instructed them that it is not bad if the situation escalated into street riots. The men were offered extra money for a job well done.
“I understood there are provokers among the protesters when we all knelt down in memory of the murdered student Stoyan Baltov”, a declaration by the organizers of the peaceful march says – “The men with black masks continued to stand up.”