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June 20, 1989

Thousands of Bulgarian Turks fleeing their homes are being forced to camp for days along the roads as Bulgarian and Turkish authorities struggle to cope with mass migration across the border into Turkey. Turkish authorities say that between 30,000 and 40,000 people have already crossed into Turkey from Bulgaria. All are ethnic Turks abandoning their homes after Bulgarian authorities last month quashed peaceful protests by the Turkish minority, estimated at between 900,000 and 1.5 million, against their forced assimilation. Turkish sources said more than 30 people were killed in demonstrations by Turks in May.

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