The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has expressed its full support for the efforts of various institutions to prevent the march in Lukov, which will take place on February 12, 2022.
The Lukov March is a torchlight procession honoring a pro-Nazi Bulgarian general of the 1930s and 1940s, who led the Fascist Union of Bulgarian National Legions.
First organized in 2003, the Lukov march – which attracts neo-Nazis from elsewhere in Europe – has been repeatedly banned by the municipality of Sofia, with the ban upheld by a court in 2020.
However, efforts by Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandukova to ban or limit the Lukov 2022 march were overturned by decisions of the Sofia Administrative Court in August and October 2021.
“The streets of the Bulgarian capital must remain free of demonstrations incompatible with the values, traditions and interests of the Bulgarian people,” the Foreign Ministry said.
“Anti-Semitism, racism, intolerance, discrimination and hatred have no place in Bulgaria. Events like the so-called “Lukov March” tarnish the image of the Republic of Bulgaria, unfairly portraying our country in a negative light and diverting attention from our achievements and the traditional tolerance of our society.
In a February 12 statement, the US Embassy in Sofia said it fully supports the position of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry in its opposition to Lukov’s march.
“We also stand with our allies and partners in the Bulgarian diplomatic community, civil society and political parties in condemning the ideology of hatred and intolerance represented by the march. We must all come together to oppose hatred, anti-Semitism and calls for violence, the US Embassy said.
In a February 12 Twitter post, the UK Embassy said: “The British Embassy in Sofia joins Bulgarian friends in reaffirming that the glorification of violence and the promotion of hatred have no place in our societies. The Sofia we know and love is reflected in her place of tolerance. May this continue for a long time”.
On the eve of the march, he was sentenced in statements by four political parties represented in the Bulgarian Parliament – We Pursue Change, Bulgarian Socialist Party, Movement for Rights and Freedoms and GERB.
On February 12, the Supreme Administrative Prosecutor’s Office said that it had approached the Municipality of Sofia and the Sofia Directorate of the Ministry of Interior “to take appropriate measures related to the protection of public order and the protection of the rights and health of citizens during the possible holding of a so-called Lukov march”.
Several hours before the scheduled start of the Lukov march, she was the subject of a protest against her in central Sofia, titled “No to Nazis in our streets”.
Also a few hours before the march, the police presence in the center of Sofia was seriously reinforced.
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