22.10.2018Resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Simeonov!
A pseudo patriot and pseudo statesman called disabled children "pseudo ill" and their mothers - "shrieking mothers". This type of behavior is totally unacceptable, but the fact that the statement came from a deputy prime minister makes it scandalous. The question now is whether we will be a real civil society and will ask for the supposed politician resignation.
Amalipe Center strongly supports the request of the National Children's Network (a union of 147 NGOs, to which Amalipe is a regional coordinator for Northern Central Bulgaria) for the resignation of Valeri Simeonov as Deputy Prime Minister. The Open letter of the NCN in Bulgarian see here.
We would like to recall that the scandalous statements and actions of V. Simeonov are from the beginning of his political carrier. For example, in a speech in December 2014 in the National Assembly, he called the Roma - although some of them "pitiful, self-confident and beastly men-like, requiring the right to receive sallaries without working, seeking sick-leave without being ill, childcare benefits for children playing with the pigs on the street, and maternity benefits for women with street bitch instincts. "
AMALIPE and many other organizations explicitly objected to the appointment of V. Simeonov as chairman of the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues in May 2017 - information about it see here. Activists of Amalipe gathered more than 3200 signatures against the appointment as part of the joint effort of a broad group of Roma and pro-Roma organizations that resulted in a total of 15,000 signatures. In May 2018 the Amalipe Center and a number of other organizations agreed to participate in an event of the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency dedicated to the Roma only in the case of non-participation of V. Simeonov - more information see here.