Bulgaria’s national day of parades and protests: Ataka gets into the act

To the accompaniment of a local rock band on a trailer, cries of “Volen!” and appeals from the whippers-in for the “patriots” to keep order in their line of march, Volen Siderov’s ultra-nationalists Ataka staged their own march on March 3, Bulgaria’s national day and the latest Sunday of mass anti-political establishment protests.

The poster reads: 'To court with the red mafia - Union of Democratic Forces, Bulgarian Socialist Party, National Movement for Stability and Progess, GERB; the hand-lettered afterthoughts stand for the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, and State Security. Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer

(Photos: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)

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Clive Leviev-Sawyer

Clive Leviev-Sawyer is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Sofia Globe. He is the author of the book Bulgaria: Politics and Protests in the 21st Century (Riva Publishers, 2015), and co-author of the book Bulgarian Jews: Living History (The Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria 'Shalom', 2018). He is also the author of Power: A Political Novel, available via amazon.com, and, on the lighter side, Whiskers And Other Short Tales of Cats (2021), also available via Amazon. He has translated books and numerous texts from Bulgarian into English.