Bulgarians on Saturday took to the streets of the capital Sofia to show solidarity with the hardship of migrants fleeing the war in Syria and seeking a better life in Europe.
The so-called Ladies' Market (Zhenski Pazar), in an area with a compact population from (both "old" and "new" migrants) the Middle East and North Africa, was the starting point of the rally which sent out a message of tolerance and called for the concept of "Fortress Europe" to be abandoned.
Saturday's demonstration ended in front of the EU Commission office building in downtown Sofia. Participants held placards reading "Europe Says Welcome", "Europe Is Not a Fortress", "Stop Killing Refugees", or "Xenophobia Is Illegal, People Are Not".
Protesters urged the annulment of the Dublin II Regulation which allows for migrants to be sent back to those EU countries that served as an entry point and where they were registered.
The international #RefugeesWelcome initiative includes most EU member states, the US and Australia.
It comes amid mounting pressure of the influx of migrants crossing into Europe bound for Germany and other Western countries.
"Most of the people in these marches supporting imigrants are made up of the previous waves of immigrants, not the indigenous populations."
And their Western wifes/husbands/girlfriends/boyfriends plus a few (other) naive/idealistic Westerners
I still fail to see why Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait are not taking them in. Risk of the Muslim terrorism overthrowing those "moderate" Muslim royal families, huh? Well, the risk of Muslim fundamentalism and terrorism (in the form of suicide attacks and so on) is much higher in/for Christian (Western) countries than for those Muslim countries.
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