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- Published on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 19:00
- Written by Antifascist action – Sofia
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Times are harsh everywhere, especially in Eastern Europe, where a strong wave of fascism is exploding. We saw what nationalism could lead to in Ukraine and we would like to suppress this tendency in Bulgaria. Unfortunately, in a country where 26 years of capitalism have impoverished the population, the European Union has betrayed their hopes and anticommunism is very strong, nationalism becomes a social phenomenon, gaining hegemony on the streets (numerous swastikas could be seen in every Bulgarian town) and currently in the parliament.
Since 2003 Lukovmarsh, a fascist march commemorating a Bulgarian Nazi collaborator has become an annual event. If Ukraine has Bandera, Bulgaria has General Hristo Lukov. Lukov had very close relations with the Third Reich and has established the fascist organization of the Bulgarian National Legions. As a minister of war he was planning wars and attacks on most of the neighbouring countries.
Lukovmarsh, organized by nationalistic organizations and parties has gained support even by foreign members of Blood and Honour, who came to march in solidarity a few years ago. Many international nationalist/Nazi organizations have come to support Lukovmarsh. This year in Sofia again there will be members from different European fascist organizations, including the Spanish Falange and the German NPD. Every year activists try to persuade the mayor of Sofia to prohibit the march due to its Nazi character. Up until now there has been no success.
Since the war in Syria started, Bulgaria has experienced a refugee wave, never seen before in the country. Refugees and migrants, represented by the media as a foreign threat have become a reason for dangerous ideologies to become very popular, and hatred towards non-Bulgarians to seem justified and logical. This has resulted in a lot of street violence and a right-wing coalition in the parliament, in which a patriotic party also takes part. We witnessed such hate speech in the parliament, which has never been heard before. Since last year Bulgaria has been brutal in its ways to stop migrants at the southeastern border by using inhumane police brutality. Hunter gangs from the area also help the police. In the summer we saw several conflicts between Roma people and Bulgarians in different places, including a neighbourhood in Sofia. In those street battles Nazis also took part.
At this moment, as a marginal fraction of the Bulgarian society, we, the Bulgarian anti-authoritarians, anti-capitalists and anarchists are calling for antifascist solidarity! As enemies of all repressive ideologies we gain no support even when calling for humanity. Anti-racist demonstrations usually gather no more than 100 people in the capital.
This year, with racism gaining both street and state power, we will demand the ban of Lukovmarsh with a counter demonstration on 13.02 at 14:00 h., just a few hours before the Nazis take the streets at 17.00 h. On the same date antifascist demos and meetings will be held in Dresden, Germany and in Budapest, Hungary.
We are in touch with comrades from those countries and we’ll have a common banner in English against Nazis! Everyone, especially from the neighbouring countries, who supports the cause, is invited to join us. Let them never reign again!
Antifascist action – Sofia