Bulgaria, State Department report for 2013 | JWnews

Jehovah’s Witnesses also reported harassment from the local police in Kyustendil, claiming that on November 21, about 20 police officers entered the Kingdom Hall during the congregation’s meeting and checked the identity cards of those present. The officers did not offer any explanation for their actions.

Jehovah’s Witnesses, continued to complain of discrimination and prejudice from local authorities in certain municipalities, despite obtaining national registration from the Sofia City Court.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses and Muslim communities continued to report problems obtaining construction permits for new prayer houses and mosques.

The Kyustendil municipality continued to obstruct the building of a Jehovah’s Witnesses house of worship.

Jehovah’s Witnesses continued to complain that media reports misrepresented their activities and beliefs, in particular reports by the ultranationalist SKAT TV cable company headquartered in Burgas.

In January Jehovah’s Witnesses reported that the neighbours of a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses living in Kazanluk threw stones at his home at the instigation of a local pastor.

Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jews, Mormons, and the Chief Mufti’s office continued to report desecration incidents.

In January vandals spray-painted graffiti on the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Varna.

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