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Report Back from Kazichene Prison

Sofia, Bulgaria – On February 1st, 2018 in Kazichene prison – Sofia Bulgaria, between 50 and 100 prisoners at 10:00am gathered in the central courtyard of the prison to resist new orders from the prison Director Deso, who ordered that instead of two roll calls a day, that there are four.

Prisoners were already angry that they have lost so many rights and an extra two roll calls a day was too much harassment and disruption to the daily routine of prisoners.

Kazichene prison is supposed to me minimal security and instead the new Director is trying to turn it into a maximum security prison where four roll calls a day is normal.

The 50 prisoners demanded to see the Director whilst discussing the numerous problems:

  • Yearly holidays outside have been reduced from 14 days to seven.
  • Prisoners normally going out five days every three months are now being released for less days without reason or cause.
  • Visits on the January 28th, 2018 without explanation were made ‘No contact’ where visitors and prisoners are now separated.

After a half hour stand-off the Director of Kazichene prison ran to a building far away from where the prisoners were and the guards joined the prisoners complaining that the extra roll calls were an unneeded hassle.

The Director was too afraid to speak with the prisoners or meet with a representative but at 10:40am he repealed his order.

Prisoners continued discussing the problems started in 2017 and then carried on their daily routine without further incident.

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