By pure hazard yesterday, 16th of February, the day I wrote the short impression on Sofia's looks and moods (bellow), Nationalists' Lukovmarch took place in the evening.
Incidentally - it so happened that I passed by the marchers gathering point just before the starting time and decided to accompany them through the whole event. I wanted to know how are they and what are there bothers.
To be honest, I need some time before daring to write about it (if I dare writing about it at all). What I found surprising today though was Reuters account of the march which were surprisingly inaccurate while so far I believed that Reuters was a news organisation committed to the "value-neutral approach" policy and "..to reporting the facts and in all situations avoid the use of emotive terms. The only exception is when we are quoting someone directly or in indirect speech."...
Now, it could be hardly qualified as "emotive" account when writing about an event one quotes only those opposing it, as in Reuters' article quoted below.
No, dear Reuters there were no swastikas nor Nazi salutes ("Participants, mostly young men in dark clothing, many bearing swastikas and making the Nazi salute", from Reuters article "Far-right activists stage torchlit march in Bulgarian capital").
As for the "messages of hatred for Jews and other minorities". The only fobic slogan that I heard was ".....the communists to court, to court, to court".
Now I have to admit that by chanting this slogan the Mostly Young Men in Dark Clothing were being silly as the "communists" they meant are long-time retired or deceased of old age or less natural causes; their children are life-long representatives of the country in Brussels, Strasburg and New York; and their grandchildren are in respectively Ecole Normal Superieur, Oxbridge or the Ivy. Of course some of the children and lovers are left behind in the country to run multy-mullion businesses without paying a stotinka worth of tax (Lukoil), run infrastructure construction companies that win EU funding 70% of which officially goes into private accounts (see below "Nine months later: Sofia's Continuous Nightmare (Series 2 - February 2019") and contemporary art galleries. In a word run the country from one hand. From other hand with the countrie's nine-months-forgotten-in-the-attic-blue-cheese- rotten prosecution system there is simply no chance to put the so called communists to court).
I guess it becomes self-evident that the "communists" in Bulgaria are far from being a minority.
Yes, dear Reuters at a time when "we"/"Progressive West" do sit with the Talibans on the negotiating table, it is rather strange to frown at quoting European rightist youth (according to your own words). Further more the Mostly Young Men in Dark Clothing have wan elections in more than one European country.
It might be time to at least quote them (know what they say) and start finding a practical solution of living together with them.
If anything the march was self-conscious to rigidness. Not only swastikas, Nazi-salutes and hatred-messages were missing, missing were also alcohol, cigarettes and all forms of spontaneity.
If anything can be said about the Mostly Young Men in Dark Clothing (accompanying the other marching people of other group ages and clothimgs) was that they were all exceptionally well behaved (or even excellently tamed?)
Is this worrying?
Amidst Bulgaria's total lack of manners and discipline (where the only difference between a thug, a MP and a policeman is that the later is lax and uncamped) this manifestation of perfect order could be very very worrying.
Very very worrying indeed.
I reckon we should undig our heads from the sand, look the Mostly Young Men in Dark Clothing in the eye and start the Listening To and Talking With practice and exercise. No more :
And "hatred messages" abstentionisms
EVERYBODY HERE NOW PRESENT FOR the Mostly Young Men in Dark Clothing.
At the march last night Mostly Young Men in Dark Clothing of eight EU countries were present: England, Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Macedonia (I am missing one ).
The lessons of history should be learned: Dismissing Mostly Young Men in Dark Clothing is proven to be a bad bad strategy.
While false reporting dear Reuters, can't win any young aspirational soul.
17 February 2019