Bulgaria Parliament Declares August 23 Day of Victims of Totalitarianism

Domestic | November 19, 2009, Thursday // 16:39|  views

Ivan Kostov, MP from the right-wing DSB, accused Bulgaria's socialist of defending the crimes of the Communist regime over thier reluctance to regognize August 23 as a Day of the Victims of Totalitarianism. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

The Bulgarian Parliament officially declared August 23 a Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Crimes Committed by Communist and other Totalitarian Regimes.

The Thursday discussion to support the European decrees to condemn the crimes of Communist regimes, however, triggered heated debates among the parliamentary left and right wing.

Maya Manolova, from the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party, said that some Members of the Parliament had yet to realize that very recently Europe celebrated the 20th anniversary from the fall of the Berlin Wall and they reminded her of the Japanese soldier found alive in the 70s, in the Philippines jungle, not knowing World War II was over.

“This a great metaphor, but who is the soldier today? Who is hiding in their own jungle, defending Communism, without knowing the Berlin Wall is down? We made a generous offer to you; we want to honor all people who have died defending their convictions...”, Ivan Kostov from the right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) replied.

On October 7, the Parliament voted against the proposal for August 23 to be a national holiday and day off work.

August 23 is also marked in Bulgaria for the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising against the Ottoman Turkish Empire.

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Tags: BSP, August 23, Ivan Kostov


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