NCSEJ Commends Bulgarian Government for Banning Lukov March

Mark B. Levin

WASHINGTON, DC, February 15, 2021 -- NCSEJ commends the Bulgarian government for preventing the neo-nazi Lukov march from taking place on February 13 in Sofia.

The Lukov March, an event attracting thousands of extremists from in and outside of Bulgaria, had been held annually since 2003 in Sofia until the government banned the march in February 2020.  

The event is in honor of Bulgarian general, politician, and Minister of War Hristo Lukov who supported Nazi Germany during World War II as leader of the Bulgarian National Legions.  He was responsible for the 1935 Bulgarian law that stripped Jews of their civil rights.

Scheduled to be held this year on February 13, the event was once again subject to a banning order by Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova.

We are grateful to the Bulgarian government, in particular Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva, Deputy Foreign Minister Georg Georgiev, Prosecutor-General Ivan Geshev, Sofia Mayor Fandukova, and other government officials who put an end to this annual display of anti-Semitism and hate.   

"This decision, once again, sends a strong message that anti-Semitism and extremism will not be tolerated in Bulgaria. We join the Organization of Jews in Bulgaria SHALOM in thanking the Bulgarian authorities for canceling the Lukov march of hate." NCSEJ Chairman Jim Schiller said.

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