Location Hungary Hungary

Neo-Nazis march in Europe

In February, European neo-Nazis increased their activity. During the week, they held two international marches in Eastern Europe.

February 9 in Budapest was marked with a march of Hungarian Nazis. There were delegations of Nazi organizations from other European countries. Several hundred people held an open rally with flags and various Nazi and neo-Nazi symbols. The police did not interfere with the action participants, because the event was formally devoted to the defenders of Budapest in 1945. Then the Hungarian fascists (the Salishists) and German troops defended the city against the Red Army.

More than 2,000 far-right activists from several European countries staged a torchlit procession through Sofia on February 16 to honor a Bulgarian pro-Nazi general, despite opposition from the Balkan country’s political parties and Jewish groups.

The procession, known as the Lukov March after Hristo Lukov, who led the pro-Nazi Union of Bulgarian National Legions in the 1930s and early 1940s, went ahead after a court overturned the Sofia municipality’s ban for a second consecutive year.

Lukov served as Bulgaria’s minister of war from 1935-1938, fostering close ties with senior Nazi officials in Germany. He also pushed through a law modeled on the 1935 Nuremberg Laws in Germany that stripped Jews of their civic rights. Lukov was assassinated by Communist partisans in 1943.

Participants, mostly young men in dark clothing, many bearing swastikas and making the Nazi salute, laid wreathes at the former home of Lukov amid heavy police security. Some activists had come from Germany, Sweden, Hungary and elsewhere.

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