Bulgaria’s protests and the hunting of Hippoland

Let us begin with two notes from history.

In May 1971, Richard M Nixon was holding forth on the topic of the impending appointment of a new head of the Internal Revenue Service. “I want to be sure he is a ruthless son of a bitch, that he will do what he’s told, that every income tax return I want to see I see, that he will go after our enemies and not go after our friends,” Nixon said, according to a transcript obtained later by the Washington Post.

Another May, but seven years earlier, 1964. There were clashes between police and Bulgarians who wanted to enter Alexander Nevsky cathedral for Easter service. The clashes began when hefty youths, bearing signs with atheistic slogans, sought to bar worshippers from going into the church. The youths had been deployed, covertly, by the communist regime of the time to create a violent incident to discredit worshippers.

Now let us fast forward to September 2020, and Bulgaria.

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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.