A group of men in Bulgaria roam the countryside tracking down illegal migrants to turn into the Bulgarian authorities. The group call themselves the “organization for the protection of Bulgarian citizens,” and were founded by Hristo Atanasov, a cook and self described patriot, Die Welt reports.
Atanasov leads the group who go out on weekends donning military fatigues to go on what they call “healthy walks” through the nearby beaches and mountains close to his home in the coastal town of Burgas. Atanasov claims that the group likes to go to the area because of the natural beauty but also because it is a major hotspot for migrants who have come across the border from neighbouring Turkey.
The self styled patriot describes the process saying that the group often spots the people smugglers first, “they run 200 to 300 metres ahead to see if the coast is clear,” he said. If the migrants see him and his men they often run away, “they think we are the police,” Atanasov remarked.
The patrol leader said that he is usually joined by around 30 more men at any given weekend. The group has so far managed to capture more than 50 migrants crossing the Bulgarian-Greek border and they bring them all directly to Bulgarian police.
The group believes they are the first line of defence from what they call the “migrant invasion,” and regard themselves as merely doing their duty to their country as self appointed border protectors. Their work is reminiscent of protests by the hipster-right Identitarians who built their own fences along the Austrian-Slovenian border when the government refused to control the migrant flow last year.
Another Bulgarian vigilante is Dinko Valev, who has done similar work to the group, and was lauded as a “super hero” for capturing 20 migrants single handed.
Yet Atanasov claims he is a bit different to the quad-bike riding patrolman saying, “we are a registered association and coordinate our activities with the police.”
Below is an interview with the leader of another Bulgarian volunteer border patrol, who was made famous by a video of several illegal Muslim invaders who his team had captured and cuffed with zip ties. He tells the back story on that.
His organisation “Civil troops for the protection of women and the faith” is one of several groups of volunteers taking great personal risks to patrol their country’s (and Europe’s) border with Turkey to help stem the renewed flood of Muslim bogus ‘refugees’.
The KTI hope to visit the area soon and bring you first-hand reports of what is really going on.