Feature 26 Jan 18

Pressure Mounts in Bulgaria to Stop ‘Fascist’ Rallies

Government officials, Jewish associations and civic activists say it is time to put an end to the infamous annual parade of ultra-nationalists that they say brings shame to Bulgaria.

Mariya Cheresheva
BIRN
Sofia
The torch march is set for February 17. Photo: Pixabay

Despite the typical freezing January weather, Victoria Geshon and Sarah Luna, two Bulgarian Jewish women in their late eighties, walk to their synagogue in the capital, Sofia.

They were due to attend a meeting of Bulgaria's biggest Jewish organization, Shalom, which had two different topics on its agenda.

One was the finalization of the program being organized this year to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the plight and rescue of Bulgarian Jews during World War II.

The other was the organization of activities carried out in coordination with other local and international Jewish and civic organizations and associations, to stop the annual ultra-nationalist march in Sofia on February 17.

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