Grenade-wielding anti-vaxxer detained at New Year celebration — Analysis

According to the arrest man, he had been asking revellers in Sofia not to wear face masks or get Covid-19 immunizations.

A man with a hand grenade on him was detained by police outside a New Year’s Eve celebrations venue in the center of Bulgaria’s capital Sofia late on Friday after shouting anti-vax slogans.

Local media reports that the troublemaker was picking on residents near Battenberg Square where there had been a light show celebrating 2022.

He encouraged citizens to remove their masks, refuse vaccination and ignore any government attempts to stop the coronavirus epidemic.

The man was reported by passersby to police who then arrested him. They described him as an Asenovgrad resident in his 50s. A hand grenade was also found in the suspect’s possession.

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A woman who allegedly drove the suspect to Sofia was also detained later on New Year’s Eve night. Her car was found with two guns. The woman claimed that the guns were real, and the items were sent to specialists for further examination. 

Bulgaria has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the EU, with only around 28% of the country’s 6.9 million population receiving two shots of the jab so far.

Every week there are rallies against vaccine restrictions and Covid-19 restrictions in Sofia.

The ineffective immunization campaign is being blamed by health authorities on logistic problems as well as political instability. In fact, there were three elections for the parliament of Bulgaria last year within eight months.

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