Dear friends and comrades,

February 2018 marks the 15th year anniversary of the annual Nazi march

Lukovmarsh in Sofia, as well as the Bulgarian presidency of the Council

of the European Union in the first six months of 2018. We would like to

invite you to the Anti-Fascist demonstration, which will be our

response to these disgraceful events, both marking the further

fortification of the horrorlike death-machine we call ‘Fortress Europe’

on whose shores and borders so many people have died in the past few


Who is general Lukov and what is Lukovmarsh exactly?

Lukovmarsh is a Nazi torch-lit march that happens annually in February,

honoring the memory of the general, politician and minister of war

Hristo Lukov (1887-1943), a supporter of Nazi Germany during the Second

World War killed by Violeta Yakova, a female member of the underground

anti-fascist resistance in Sofia. Between years 1942 and 1943 he was

also the leader of the ultra-nationalistic organization Union of the

National Bulgarian Legions, who was pressuring the government to send

the Bulgarian Jews to the German death camps.

15 years ago, in 2003, the figure of Hristo Lukov was pulled out of the

trash bin of history to be commemorated for the first time and the

march in his honor has been happening ever since, regardless of the

formal bans in 2014 and 2015 and the “lack of coordination” with the

municipality in 2016 and 2017, which was appealed to in Administrative

court and won by the organizers of Lukovmarsh. The organizers and

participants belong to numerous fascist Bulgarian groups, among which

are the Bulgarian National Union, the nationalistic party VMRO

(currently an important part of the Bulgarian government), Nazi ultras

groups and the Bulgarian branch of the internationally banned Neo-Nazi

organization Blood and honor. Lately, Lukov's commemorators try not to

show openly Nazi symbolism like swastikas so the march would not be

banned but still – the easily recognisable symbols held dear by the

International Neo-Nazi movement (celtic crosses, flags of the German

empire, the sun of the Third Reich, etc) who are used to mask their

allegiance to the most hateful and anti-humane ideology the world knows

of today, can be spotted on the frontline of the march. Angel

Djambazki, a Bulgarian far-right politician from VMRO, who is a member

of the EU parliament openly supports the march and the organizations

behind it.

A video impression of Lukovmarsh in 2017:

Why is transnational solidarity important?

The anti-immigration rhetoric and the fear of migrant “waves” occupying

Europe are turning mainstream politics into a shelter for racism,

nationalism and xenophobia. Ultra-Nationalists are already in the

government in countries like Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria and Poland. In

others like Germany they have higher than ever ratings. Parliamentary

and extra-parliamentary Nazi organizations, all over Europe are uniting

against migrants, meeting up, marching together, holding conferences

and showing “white international solidarity” more than ever to “protect

Europe”as they claim. This was evident in the numbers of foreign

supporters of Lukovmarsh lately, among which are:

Terre et peuple, a French far-right organization -

The Spanish Falange, the successors of the party responsible for the

fascist regime of Francisco Franco in Spain -

The National-Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), the conceptual heir of

the The National Socialist German Workers' Party -

Die Rechte, a far-right, ultra-nationalistic party, created by ex-NPD

members -

Der III. Weg, a self-proclaimed National Socialist party, also created

by ex-NPD members -

The Croatian Neo-Fascist Party-

The Italian Neo-Fascist party ‘Casa Pound’ -

European Action, a movement for united and ethnically clean Europe -

Russian Imperial Movement -

The Nordic Front, a Scandinavian Nazi movement mainly active in Sweden


National Revival of Poland, anti-semitic fascist party -

Various Hungarian nationalists

At the start of Bulgaria's European presidency, we protest both

European bureaucrats and their policies, as well as their tools – nazis

and fascists. We believe that politicians, bureaucrats and media have

made the main contribution to the alarming new rise of the militant

Neo-Nazi, ultra-nationalistic, xenophobic etc. movements in Europe. We

should never forget that it is not Neo-Nazi attacks that killed over

15, 000 people in the Mediterranean and it was not Neo-Nazis who

dehumanised a large group of people to an extent that their lost lives

are counted in numbers, dreams locked in detention centres indefinitely

and children tear-gassed because they have no place to be, different to

a plastic-shack squatted camp. It is in the soil of hate, fertilized by

the excrements of the media, politicians and soulless bureaucrats

counting dead bodies and kilometers of border-fences, where Neo-Nazis,

fascists, ultra-nationalists, homophobes and misogynists thrive. The

fate of Lukovmarsh is a good example – for years the march has been

protested against and eachyear the mayor of the city is only formally

“banning” it only to later allow the nazis to march with their torches,

escorting them with a large number of police. In the meanwhile

political parties in close ties with some of the organisations in the

march are in local, national and European power structures, holding a

number top positions. Their (and not only) constant hate-speech is

promoted and widely welcome in the media, which has continuously used

it to raise its audience’s moneymaking fears and racist stereotypes.

For this reason we want to send a clear message – No nazis on our

streets,no to fortress Europe!

When and how can you support us?

The preliminary date for our march is Feb 17 (same day as Lukovmarsh)

and we would also like to organize a day of informative events the

previous day in which different collectives can do and participate in

talks, presentations and discussions, sell books, t-shirts etc. The

context in Bulgaria is extremely different to the one in other

countries in Europe, we have no large squatted spaces or much money.

However, we will do our best to provide as many places of accommodation

for people coming to the march as we can. You can get in touch with us

to let us know if your group or you and your friends are planning to

come so we can try to arrange sleeping places. You are also invited to

propose presentations, talks or events you would like to contribute

with on the day before the march. We believe the latter is extremely

important in order to involve a wider public into informative and

motivating events related to Anti-Fascist (and similar autonomous)

struggles. If you have books, zines, t-shirt or whatever that might be

of interest that you want to bring to sell or share, feel more than

invited to do it!

In case you would like to support us organizing a benefit gig or

whatever kind of fundraising, get in touch with us. In reality we have

very scarce resources and often money are one of the obstacles we face

when organizing the demonstration. Any contribution will be appreciated

and will help us print propaganda and prepare the demo.

The few of us here have been trying to stop Lukovmarsh for the past 15

years but have had neither the institutional nor the physical power to

do so. In this context, we are deeply grateful to each and every one of

our comrades who have joined us on the streets in the past years and to

those who will make their way to Sofia for Feb 17!

Lukovmarsh is one of the crystal-clear examples of how fascists and

nazis collaborate internationally to spread their ideology of hate and

death. Let's turn Sofia into a symbol of transnationalist solidarity!