An annual neo-Nazi rally was held in the capital of Bulgaria last week despite a municipal ban, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (February 23, 2017).
The Lukov March -- which celebrates the Bulgarian alliance with Nazi Germany -- went off as scheduled last Saturday night (February 18) in Sofia despite the ban issued by Mayor Yordanka Fandakova.
The rally honoring the then-Bulgarian war minister Hristo Lukov -- who was head of the pro-Nazi Union of the Bulgarian National Legions -- has been held each year since 2003. For the past three years, restrictions have been placed on the march.
"The very existence of this rally is a disgrace for a European capital which in less than a year will be hosting the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU," said Alexander Oscar, president of the Shalom Organization of Jews in Bulgaria.