Armed with nothing more than his fists, Dinko “The Destroyer” Valev patrols his property and surrounding areas on the Bulgarian-Turkish border, chasing down Muslim border jumpers and performing citizen’s arrests before notifying Bulgarian police to come and take away the illegals. Dinko has arrested over 20 invaders so far and hopes to arrest even more.
The police arrived about an hour and a half after Dinko notified them: “An hour and a half I am standing as a guard over them to keep them on the ground.”
From Bulgarian TV News Online:
Dinko Valev from the city of Yambol has caught 20+ migrants in the last few months while driving his ATV in the rural areas near the city. The latest and biggest group he faced yesterday.
The spot in near the border with Turkey. Dinko and his friend went to ride their ATVs, “Suddenly someone jumped out of the bushes in front of me, I did not know he was a migrant at first, I stopped and got off the ATV to see what’s going on, he rushed me trying to take me down, possibly to steal the ATV. I punched him a couple of times and he went down, I kicked him 3 times for good measure and he started yelling some “allah-mallah. He was dressed with torn shoes, jacket, jeans and a backpack”
11 more men come out of the woods, plus 3 women and 1 child. All of them from Syria, by their own words. Dinko continues his story “all of the men coming out of the woods started rushing me aggressively, to fight, to crush, I fought the first 3 and put them on the ground bleeding, the others gave up after seeing that. One of them had a sharp object, maybe a screwdriver. I know English perfectly, I told them that if they do not lay on the ground immediately I will kill one of them”…. (reported asks him if they followed the order)… “of course they did, wouldn’t you do it, if you knew you would die otherwise?”
All of the three groups he has caught so far were young men exclusively. “I chased one of them for 2 kilometers. The others gave up quickly, they were scrawny physically, but this one guy ran away, eventually falling into a big puddle, almost drowned himself. Those people are very aggressive, they have nothing to lose, they have left family and home behind, we are in serious danger to be wiped out if we let them in.”
Border police spokeswoman Lora Lyubenova says the authorities welcome information from citizens about criminal activity – including illegal border crossings – but only the police have the authority to detain and arrest people.
Last year more than a million people used the “Western Balkan route” to enter the European Union though only 31,000 are known to have entered Bulgaria.
The Helsinki Committee has asked prosecutors to investigate Valev, pointing out that he bragged on national television about committing half a dozen crimes: assault and battery, making death threats, unlawful detention, inciting ethnic hatred and inciting ethnic violence.
Valev says he was acting in self-defense after a Syrian man tried to stab him.
Several other Syrian men then became aggressive, Valev says, so he then used force to subdue them as well.
When Valev was taken in for questioning by police, a crowd of protesters gathered outside shouting “Dinko is a hero!” and “We don’t want migrants!”