BULGARIA: Far Right Goes Out of Fashion

BULGARIA: Far Right Goes Out of Fashion
The national rally of extreme-right party Ataka, taking place Mar. 3 in Sofia, illustrated the dwindling support for this group among Bulgarians. On Mar. 3, Bulgarians celebrate their liberation from the Ottoman Empire at the end of the Russo-Turkish War in 1877-1878, after five centuries of foreign rule. “Almost 10,000 activists and sympathisers” gathered in front of Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, representatives of Ataka proudly announced. But local observers placed the figure lower. Most of the “activists and sympathisers” were pensioners, many of them representatives of local branches of the party, brought by 30 buses from all over Bulgaria. A few “neo-Nazi” youngsters were also present, mostly enjoying the sun on a day when classes were suspended on account of the national holiday.

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