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Bulgarian far right set to honour Nazi collaborator for third year running despite nominal “ban”

Groups of Bulgarian neo-Nazis, skinheads, “patriots” and others on the far right are preparing for an annual march in honour of a Nazi collaborator.

Hristo Lukov was a Bulgarian nationalist who directly cooperated and allied himself with the Nazis.

A march is due to take place on February 17th in Sofia, the country’s capital. The march has taken place annually for 15 years, but for the last 2 years it was nominally “banned” by the authorities. Despite this ban, the march still took place both years and no action was taken to prevent it, or to punish those responsible for illegally organising it.

If the Bulgarian government is serious about taking action against antisemitism and far right activities, they must actually enforce this ban and ensure that extremist views are not given a free platform on the streets of their capital.

In previous years the march has been accompanied with Nazi graffiti being plastered on local buildings, and Nazi books including Mein Kampf were on sale openly on the streets.

Newspapers and online publications that have covered the controversy surrounding the march have reportedly received abusive and threatening mail.



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Bulgarians march in illegal tribute to pro-Nazi WWII General

The annual Lukov March took place in Bulgaria last month in memory of a Second World War General who was known for being pro-Nazi and antisemitic.

Held in Sofia on February 14, the torchlit procession commemorates General Hristo Lukov and has been held for thirteen consecutive years.

Despite it officially being banned by the authorities, dozens of people participated in the march organised by the neo-Nazi Bulgarian National Union.

Lukov, who was murdered by communists at the age of 56 on February 13, 1943,  led the nationalistic Union of Bulgarian National Legions and worked closely with the Third Reich.