Bulgarian right-wing extremists commemorate pro-Nazi general Hristo Lukov in Sofia

Bulgarian right-wing extremists and nationalists have commemorated the pro-Nazi general and former minister of war, Hristo Lukov. They held a mourning ceremony at the home of the general who was shot by communist partisans on February 13, 1943.

As has happened in recent years regarding the Lukov March, first held in 2003, the municipality had given permission for a wreath-laying at the Trakia Street house of the fascist leader – who was assassinated by communist partisans in February 1943 – but the municipality did not agree to the holding of the evening procession through the streets of the city.

The police intervened when a large crowd started gathering at the intended starting point of the torchlight procession, the pylons outside the National Palace of Culture, NDK, in the centre of Sofia.

The notification from the municipality forwarded to the police said that if the procession went ahead, it would lead a breach of public order.

Police enforced the order in the square outside NDK.

There was also a counter-action: anti-fascist-minded people protested with a street parade in the city center under the motto “no Nazis on the streets.”

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