site.btaUS Embassy in Sofia Issues Statement against Holding of Lukov March
The US Embassy stands with the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry in opposing the Lukov March, the US Embassy in Bulgaria wrote on their official Facebook page. "We join our allies and partners in the diplomatic community, political parties, and civil society in denouncing the vitriol and hatred of the march representatives. We must all come together to oppose hate speech in all forms, antisemitism, discrimination, and calls to violence," the post reads.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a position against the planned holding of the so-called Lukov March. [Lukov March is torchlit procession which has been taking place annually in February since 2003 to mark the anniversary of General Hristo Lukov's execution-style murder by two Communist militants. Lukov (1888-1943) was a popular military commander but was also known for his close links to the Third Reich and his activity as leader of the far-right Union of Bulgarian National Legions.]
Such manifestations are incompatible with the values and customs of the Bulgarian society, create disunity, cause intolerance and harm the country, stated the Foreign Ministry and noted that the streets of the Bulgarian capital cannot be a stage for demonstrations.