World Jewish Congress distressed that Lukov March in Sofia went ahead in spite of ban

The World Jewish Congress says that it is distressed that the Lukov March in Sofia went ahead in spite of a ban by Bulgarian capital city mayor Yordanka Fandukova.

Fandukova ordered the ban of the February 18 2017 march after being advised by Sofia police, who had received information via Interpol, about the participation of foreign neo-Nazis in the march, which honours Hristo Lukov, leader of the Union of Bulgarian National Legions in the 1930s and 1940s.

The torchlight procession, celebrating a figure that his detractors see as having been a pro-Nazi and anti-Semite, has been held since 2003, and has been banned numerous times – but always gone ahead anyway.

World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer said: “On behalf of the Jewish community in Bulgaria, we welcome Mayor Fandukova’s ban this year on the rally, but are distressed that even that declaration of authority could not put a stop to such a display of hatred and anti-Semitism”.

“For 14 years in a row, neo-Nazis have marched unabashedly and unfettered through the streets of Sofia,” Singer said.

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