What is Lukovmarch?

Lukovmarch is an annual torchlight procession, organized by Bulgarian National Union in honorable memory of general Hristo Lukov. General Lukov was a WWI hero, minister of war in Tsardom of Bulgaria (1935 – 1938) and later, leader of the strongest nationalist organization at that time – Union of Bulgarian National Legions. He was cowardly murdered by communist terrorist group – shot in the back in front of his 9-year-old daughter on the 13th of February 1943.

Lukovmarch started in 2003 as a small local event with only 15 people. At that time, the memory of gen. Lukov was almost completely wiped out, after decades of communist efforts. Back then he was known only by few people, interested in history and by the few, very old members of his organization, who survived the communist concentration camps. The first Lukovmarch was organized after the story about gen. Lukov, told by these old nationalists, inspired the young members of BNU. After the fall of communist dictatorship, those old men gathered every year in one church, in the capital city – Sofia, to organize a memorial service for general Lukov. On one such service they invited members of the newly formed patriotic youth organization BNU. At this meeting the memory and the legacy of general Hristo Lukov was passed from the old to the new generation of Bulgarian nationalists. This was the event that inspired Lukovmarch.

Years of efforts finally paid off. In 2012 more than 1 000 people gathered for Lukovmarch. The next year, more then 2 000 people marched on the streets of Sofia, chanting the name of the General. Since then, this is the usual number of people, taking part in the event. It became also a tradition to organize an information campaign in the whole country in the month before the march. Lectures about the General are held in different Bulgarian cities every year. Propaganda materials are distributed in every corner of the country and hundreds of volunteers take part in the campaign.

Lukovmarch became the biggest annual event for the Bulgarian nationalists. It became more than just a commemoration of a fallen hero. It became a day of unity – different factions and different organizations join the march. They forget all their differences in that day and Lukovmarch is the event that truly unites the National movement in Bulgaria. Although mainly the youth take part in Lukovmarch, you can see people of all ages, people with different professions and social status, joining the rally. From students in the universities and high schools, to workers, small and medium-sized business owners, engineers, lawyers, doctors, IT specialists, retired military officers, parents with their young children, even priests. It is like an example of what could be a nation united under nationalist ideals – a sense of brotherhood, a high self-discipline and an iron will.

But Lukovmarch also became an event of European scale. During the years nationalists from all over Europe have sended delegations. Our comrades from Croatia, Germany, Austria, France, Sweden, Romania, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Russia, Switzerland, Flanders and Wallonia were presented on Lukovmarch. In 2012, as part of the expanding campaign, in Sofia was held a conference of European nationalists under the theme „Europe of the free nations, not a dictatorship of EU bureaucrats“. Lectors from Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany and France took part in it. The special guest on the event was professor Pierre Vial from France, one of the pioneers of the New Right, after WWII. After the conference everything that was written and spoken was published in a book. In 2014 the German music band Libertin created a song in honour of general Hristo Lukov. Lukovmarch is now one of the annual events that strengthen the ties between the European nationalists in their common struggle against the forces of globalization that are trying to destroy the identity of our nations. In 2017 we are expecting the highest number of foreign guests on the march. Between 8 and 10 European nations will be present with delegates from various organizations, including Polish and Norwegian nationalists for the first time. They all will be united into a special block during the march, led under the banner with the slogan „Defend Europe“.

Of course all the success of the march had drawn the attention of the anti-national forces. Several organization, most of them connected to George Soros’s Open society foundation, start a campaign against Lukovmarch. Despite the media campaign and all their effort, the so called antifa, couldn’t form a negative public opinion – on the contrary, the support from the public for the march grows. Their biggest protest against Lukovmarch until now gathered no more than 30 people, half of them even not from Bulgaria. Despite this, all the non nationalist parties in the parliament (especially the socialists – the successors of the communist party) condemn the march and the problems with the authorities are growing. This happens mainly because of the pressure from various zionist organizations and the embassy of Israel which are pushing for a ban of the march, directly violating the national sovereignty of Bulgaria. The main reason for this is that one of the communist assassins of gen. Lukov was a jewish woman. We are hardly expecting these organizations to apologize, or at least to condemn the murder of a national hero. Instead of this they just decided to claim that the General was “anti-semite” (without any actual evidence supporting this claim). As a result of this pressure, the mayor of the city, in violation of the Bulgarian law, has banned the march last three years. But Lukovmarch was held anyway, despite some difficulties, caused by the police. And finally  last year the court sentenced that the mayor of Sofia violated the law by banning the march. But we are sure that this battle will continue.