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Over 40 Migrants Detained at Bulgaria’s Harmanli Camp After Riot

© AFP 2021 / DIMITAR DILKOFF A worker installs barbed wire to a border fence to prevent illegal crossings by migrants at the Bulgarian-Turkish border near the Bulgarian village of Shtit
A worker installs barbed wire to a border fence to prevent illegal crossings by migrants at the Bulgarian-Turkish border near the Bulgarian village of Shtit - Sputnik International
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Over 40 people were detained in Bulgaria’s Harmanli refugee camp after a riot, Commissioner General of Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry Georgi Kostov said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The riot broke out on Thursday, when dozens of migrants were trying to leave the Harmanli center, but were met by police and firefighters who used water cannons against them. About two thousand refugees then took part in a protest.

A worker installs barbed wire to a border fence to prevent illegal crossings by migrants at the Bulgarian-Turkish border near the Bulgarian village of Shtit - Sputnik International
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Kostov said over 40 people were detained for "acts of vandalism."

At least four police officers were injured in clashes with the migrants, who reportedly threw stones at police.

Earlier this week, the Bulgarian authorities decided to enforce a quarantine at Harmanli due to a threat that migrants may be the carriers of infectious diseases and may provoke their spread. However, after medical checks, the doctors reported that there was no danger of an outbreak of serious infectious diseases.

According to Socialist Party leader Kornelia Ninova, there have already been complaints about the Harmanli center’s various problems, including poor medical treatment, however no measures have been taken to improve the situation.

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