Syrians in Bulgaria Protest Turkey's 'Aggression'

Society | October 20, 2012, Saturday // 13:33|  views

Syrians protesting the violence of the Assad regime before the Syrian Embassy in Sofia, January 2012. Photo by BGNES

The Union of Syrian students in Bulgaria is organizing Saturday a procession under the motto "Give Peace a Chance."

The march will be held in the afternoon with the park near the National Visual Arts Academy in downtown Sofia being the gathering point.

Organizers say the latest developments in Syria are a form of outside "aggression." The participants in the march are protesting Bulgaria being involved in Middle East conflicts.

The discontent stems from Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry voicing official support for Turkey after the incident on the Turkish-Syrian border when mortar fire from Syria on the Turkish town of Akcakale killed several civilians including a woman and three children at the beginning of October.

Prominent poet Nedyalko Yordanov and musician Haygashot Agasyan will participate in the event.

Supporters and followers of Bulgaria's far-right, nationalist VMRO party will take part as well. They already sent an open letter to the media, backing the protest against the aggression on Syria.

At the time, VMRO reacted strongly against official support for Turkey, warning the latter has been seeking reasons to start a war for quite a while.

Sofia has also seen several protests of the Syrian community in Bulgaria in support of the bloody civil unrest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

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