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[nettime-see] no border no nation!?

Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2003 04:00:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: ventsislav zankov <vzankov@yahoo.com>
Subject: <nettime> no border no nation!?

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english text below:

Hey here a report of what happensat the border

We arrived on 3. June at 7 pm at the border and left the serbian line of
the border.  We drive with lorry and tractor and 19 cyclists to the
controlport of the bulgarian border. the bulgarian police wants to know
how much we are and then they did until 9 pm nothing.

Every time when we tried to get in contact to the police they dont 
listen to us. THen they said, we should leave the border and built a 
line of 20 armed cops with sticks.  We tried to discuss and then we 
believed in the words of one officer whos said, all is allright, we can 
enter, we only have to give our passports.

So, we did. THen they wanted us to show our cash money. Of course we 
have not very much with us and then we showd them our creditcards. The
policeofficer refused and answered, the next possibility where we can 
use this is in Sofia and we need money for the way to sofia. He wants to 
see about 1000 Euro per each person, otherwise he dont wants to let us 
in. Then suddenly we get back our passport with a mark within, which 
says that we entered bulgaria and was deported.

We asked for what, but they only said, we have to leave immediately. 
They dont give us the answer about the law, which says that we need to 
show 1000 Euro each.  The officer only said, we disturbed the bulgarian 
law and therefore we have to leave the border back to serbia. then some 
other policeman formed a line behind us and refused some of us, who 
wants go back.

So we are surrounded. About 10 pm a women translated something. but she
only said, we have to go because we disturb the traffic, while we are at
the border, and for this disturbation we are nor allowed to enter. And 
she said this is because a bulgarian law, but she said, that the police 
is not able to explain the law. The situation becomes strange. Some 
policeman are playing with their sticks others take a chair and sit down 
beside a parol "no border, no nation", written on a wall.

After some time the law of entryrefusing changes At about 11 pm we have 
to show 300 Euro each and per day, so the amount of money increased.

We told them that they break international law, but they said, we 
disturb the traffic now.

After some time they found an additional reason for refusing our entry. 
It was because we have no medicine for our trip in bulgaria with us. 
Which kind of medicine it was, they dont said.

Then we told them sthat we are invited by group in Sofia. then they 
said, may be it works with this invitation. Then suddenly the chief of 
the bordrrcops arrived. It was Mr. BorislaV Sokolov. After few seeconds 
he became very angry went to one of us, who touched a piece of a 
borderstick with his feet and spit him in the face. He says some shit, 
which seems to be that he is proud to be a bulgarian and we are only 
pigs, who dont respect bulgaria. While this his facecoulour change to red.

Then he goes back talked a while with his mobile came back and said he 
has checked, that there dont exist a bulgarian group which invites us to 

Then we phoned to our contact in Sofia and tried to give him the mobile.
but he refused to speak with this contact because in his opinion there
dont exist any group which invites us.

But then he becames great. He said That we can enter the next day when 
we get an invitation. But it only works, when the group send this 
invitation to the serbian border. Then it is necessary for our entry, 
that a policemen of the serbian part of the border gives him the 
invitationfax personally. So we made the proposal, to give him directly 
the invitation or that he get this directly by the group in Sofia. He 
refused, because the borderpolice has no faxmachine and he wants to get 
this invitationfax from a serbian borderpoliceman. Then he put policeman 
with dogs to us and said if we dont go they will force us.

First thepolicemen will beat us then they will shoot at us. While this 
the fighting dogs are barking. The number of policemen increased to 40 

Then we left the borderregion. While this withdraw bulgarian policeman
entered serbian territory. Now we camp 1 km in front of the serbian part
of the border on a parkingplace nearby servis stations. Now we have the
invitations and try to crossd the border at 1 clock pm today.

It would be great, if people from the list can distribute this mail and
upload it to diiferent sites.

Please get in contact to some medias and tell them whats up at this
borderpoint Dimitrovgrad ditsche

[ventsislav zankov]adjunct lecturer New Bulgarian University
home pages entrance< http://zetmag.org/zankov >
home phone [00359 2] 56 96 82
mobile:  00359 87 51 97 94

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