site.btaBulgaria Commemorates Victims of the Communist Regime
Bulgaria marked the Day of Homage to the Victims of the Communist Regime on February 1. In Parliament, the MPs stood a silent minute and read out declarations on the occasion.
On February 1, 1945, three regents, 22 ministers of five governments in office between February 11, 1940 and September 8, 1944, eight royal advisers, 67 MPs of the 25th Ordinary National Assembly and 47 senior military officers were executed at Sofia's Central Cemetery after being sentenced to death earlier that day by 'People's Court' Panels One and Two.
On the initiative of former Bulgarian presidents Zhelyu Zhelev and Petar Stoyanov, February 1 has been officially marked as the Day of Homage and Gratitude to the Victims of the Communist Regime since 2011.
The proposal for a silent minute in Parliament came from Rumen Hristov MP after reading a declaration on behalf of his GERB-UDF group. After that a formal motion came from Nikola Minchev of Continue the Change.
Hristov also said: "We must not forget the forcible change of names of Bulgarian Turks and their expulsion, cynically called 'Regeneration Process'. [...]The attempts to downplay and forget the crimes of the communism should be opposed with determination by every Bulgarian because there is no room for ideology when innocent lives have been taken."