Bulgaria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on February 18 that it categorically condemns the demonstration of xenophobia, discrimination and hatred, known as the Lukov March, held the previous night in Sofia.
“This manifestation of genuine intolerance to others took place less than a month after the whole world paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust,” the ministry said.
It said that the Lukov March had brought to Bulgaria, currently the holder of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, people from different nationalities who came to the country to demonstrate hatred and intolerance.
“This must be a clear signal to us as a society and as Europeans who have not forgotten the suffering caused by the Second World War that it is not enough just to recall the tragic events,” the Foreign Ministry said
“Every act of hatred and glorification of the anti-Semitic and Nazi ideology is absolutely unacceptable.”
The preaching of intolerance and the use of hate speech were an attempt to shake the democratic values that Bulgarians stood for as a people and as a community.
This was why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs highly appreciated the efforts of the World Jewish Congress and the Organization of Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom” to raise public awareness on this topic and to promote the fight against the causes of anti-Semitism and hate speech.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to work within international organisations and in co-operation with its international community partners to uphold human rights, the combatting of violence and to disseminate the culture of peace, to consign gatherings like the Lukov March to the past, the statement said.