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Amnesty International accused officials in Bulgaria of imprisoning and relocating hundreds of ethnic Turks and killing opponents of the country’s assimilation campaign. The London-based human rights group said that from December, 1984, to March, 1985, the estimated 900,000 ethnic Turks who make up 10% of Bulgaria’s population were forced to have their names changed, “sometimes at gunpoint.” Amnesty International said it knows of at least 100 opponents of the assimilation campaign who were killed by security forces.


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