Bulgaria foreign ministry condemns neo-Nazi march

The foreign ministry said that any act glorifying Nazi ideology was "absolutely unacceptable".

February 18, 2018 12:44
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Bulgaria foreign ministry condemns neo-Nazi march

Members and supporters of several nationalist organizations take part in a march in commemoration of Bulgarian General Hristo Lukov in Sofia, Bulgaria, February 17, 2018. (photo credit: REUTERS/DIMITAR KYOSEMARLIEV)

SOFIA - Bulgaria's foreign ministry on Sunday condemned a march by hundreds of far-right supporters in honour of a Bulgarian general who led a pro-Nazi organisation in the 1930s and 1940s.

The two-hour torchlight procession went ahead in the capital Sofia on Saturday night despite calls from Bulgaria's largest parties, the US embassy and several Jewish organisations for it to be scrapped.

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"This manifestation of genuine intolerance to others took place less than a month after the whole world paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust," the ministry said in a statement.

The foreign ministry said that any act glorifying the Nazi ideology was "absolutely unacceptable".

"This must be a clear signal to us as a society and as Europeans who have not forgotten the suffering caused by World War Two that it is not enough just to recall the tragic events," the ministry said.

Far-right supporters - calling themselves Bulgarian nationalists, joined by neo-Nazi and antisemitic groups from several European countries - marched to honour General Hristo Lukov, a leader of the pro-Nazi Union in the 1930s and 1940s.

Critics said the procession would overshadow government efforts to present the ex-communist Balkan state, which joined the EU in 2007, as a progressive and open-minded country at a time when Bulgaria holds the bloc's rotating presidency.

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