This was the unsettling scene this weekend after a man walked up to the head of an ethnic Turkish party in Bulgaria and tried to fire in the head of Ahmed Dogan, 58, the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms. The gun used by Oktai Enimehmedov, a 25-year-old Bulgarian national and ethnic Turk, was a non-lethal “gas pistol” which will lower the potential charge for the assailant.
In the video below, Dogan strikes the man before he could pull the trigger. What follows is chaos with several delegates beating the man on the stage. The man had a criminal record of drug possession, robbery, and hooliganism. Despite the understandable anger, however, the attack by delegates was inexcusable in the aftermath as they kicked him in the face and body.
The gun was later found to be a gas pistol that was non-lethal and fires tear gas cartridges. As a result, he will be charged with “grave hooliganism” rather than attempted manslaughter.