Bulgarians Bow to Victims of Communism

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Bulgaria: Bulgarians Bow to Victims of Communism A photograph of the memorial of the victims of the Communist regime in Sofia. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria is marking Saturday for the third time the official Day of Gratitude and Homage to the victims of the totalitarian Communist regime (1944-1989).

President Rosen Plevneliev and Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova will be among the officials that will attend a solemn ceremony at the memorial of the victims of the Communist regime in Sofia.

The date February 1 was chosen because on this day, in 1945, the so-called People's Tribunal sentenced to death 3 regents, 67 members of the parliament, 22 ministers, 40 generals and colonels of the royal army and a number of other public figures.

The sentences were executed on that same day.

The date was proposed by two former Bulgarian Presidents – Zhelyu Zhelev (1990-1997) and Petar Stoyanov (1997-2002) back in 2011.

"This day will not only honor the victims, it will give us a starting point for a better understanding of the events of our recent history, without which it is impossible to progress as a democratic and dignified European country," Zhelev and Stoyanov wrote in their letter to then Prime Minister Boyko Borisov three years ago.

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#8
sa-sha - 7 Feb 2014 // 11:32:57

Summary: "sa-sha, you are the damned changer of subjects and defender of commies...Greeting to your wife :-)". Thanks for greeting to my wife, DP, she's my happiness and my sun.
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As for "don’t try to change the subject": it's about logic, DP. My Subject is Figures, Figures only. Figures are Facts. Do try, do not try, but impossible to change such a Subject as Facts. Simple. And my question is neither "the defence of the commi regime" nor "the attack on the Democratic one". I simply consider the OBVIOUS fact-the permanent excess of Deaths over Births in 1990-2014, - as the alarming indicator for the modern BG.
And about "contributor №2" into the BG population decline, about "advantage of freedom", i.e. Emigration:
not objection, but question: what time is in demand for "establishing orchestra", i.e. for decreasing the too high, imo, "wave" of the emigration, too big, imo, "advantage of freedom" and for increasing the trust of people in their Homeland, in Bulgaria..........................

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DP - 6 Feb 2014 // 17:58:16

“1944 - 1989: 6,88 - 8,88mln, +2mln, and permanent '+' within the whole totalitarian Commie regime period;
1990 - 1997: 8,7 - 8,3mln; i.e. minus 0,4mln (red '-' in each year of Mr.Zhelyu Zhelev' presidency)
1997 - 2002: 8,3 - 7,9mln; another minus 0,4mln (also red, also each year, but of Mr. Stoyanov's this time)
2007 - 2014: 7,7 - 7,3mln; this "fresh" minus 0,4mln is achieved by democratic BG, EU-member State......

.....look, within democratic/demografic period 1990-2014 Bulgaria lost 1,4 mln...something wrong in the democratic orchestra, may be? No?”

sa-sha, you’re trying to change the subject. There was nothing regarding birth rates etc in the above quote that you selected from the wiki article. . The only argument you presented with this post is in defence of the communist regime as more successful form of government when people stay rather leave the “paradise” in contrast with the exodus following the fall of the regime and establishment of democratic BG.

For 45 years Bulgarians were living under a dictatorship that had turned the country in a prison surrounded by fortified borders that kept people in. Today people are free and like all free people they can come and go wherever they want. The largest initial exodus happened right after the fall of the Iron curtain and it was not because of the failure of democracy. There was nothing wrong in the “democratic orchestra”, because the” orchestra” was far from being established. It was the taste of freedom that people experienced at the first time after 45 years and took advantage of. Eventually, they got used to it and started taking it for granted. It is an old story...

So don’t try to change the subject, sa-sha.

Greeting to your wife :-)

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sa-sha - 5 Feb 2014 // 18:21:56

Phew? ;-) Usually my dear wife ends her wrathful philippics at my address just by "Phew!"/"Pfui!". I thank her, sure, for the fresh portion of the healing snake's venom and then I turn to The Lord...Now I turn to Him also:
"Lord, You see what I possess: a message with "phew" from DP. But truly is this what my soul is pained over?
Is this necessary to me? Do I really need of this and if I need, then: what for?" And, all in blue flashes of lightning, Lord answered me: “So what did St. Teresa need her stigmata for? It, too, was unnecessary to her, yet she desired it.” “That’s the point!”, I answered in ecstasy, “for me, too, that message with 'phew' is not at all nesessary, but I desire it!"..........
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .....;-).....Dear DP, let me draw Your attention not to the mentioned by You Section14 "Emigration", but to the table "1941 to present" of Section1"Demographic history", OK? The difference between figures in the columns "Live births" and "Deaths" gives the result in the column "Natural change": during 1990-2014 period Bulgaria "achieved", in summary, the tremendous minus in that very "Natural change", and JUST this utmost alarming, imho, result - the permanent excess of death over birth rate in DEMOCRATIC, since 1990, Bulgaria - provoked my question..................... Thanks for the healing "Phew" ;-)

#5
DP - 4 Feb 2014 // 19:13:22

correction: "OPENED"

#4
DP - 4 Feb 2014 // 19:11:32

“.....look, within democratic/demografic period 1990-2014 Bulgaria lost 1,4 mln...something wrong in the democratic orchestra, may be? No?”

What is wrong with you, sa-sha?
“More than 1 million Bulgarians have emigrated since 1989 when the borders were opened and the population numbered 9 million.”
WHEN THE BORDERS WERE OPEN! You omitted the most important part from the wiki article.

At least keep reading after you stop thinking...Phew....

#3
sa-sha - 4 Feb 2014 // 13:03:06

"Day of Gratitude and Homage to the victims of the totalitarian Communist regime (1944-1989), proposed by Zhelyu Zhelev (1990-1997) and Petar Stoyanov (1997-2002)---// Bulgarian historians, afaik, tend to the number 100,000 of victims?// Meanwhile "the whole people were a victim of the regime", I do understand such evaluation.........But there is something, how to explain it.....well, judge by yourself:
The total population of Bulgaria:
1944 - 1989: 6,88 - 8,88mln, +2mln, and permanent '+' within the whole totalitarian Commie regime period;
1990 - 1997: 8,7 - 8,3mln; i.e. minus 0,4mln (red '-' in each year of Mr.Zhelyu Zhelev' presidency)
1997 - 2002: 8,3 - 7,9mln; another minus 0,4mln (also red, also each year, but of Mr. Stoyanov's this time)
2007 - 2014: 7,7 - 7,3mln; this "fresh" minus 0,4mln is achieved by democratic BG, EU-member State......

.....look, within democratic/demografic period 1990-2014 Bulgaria lost 1,4 mln...something wrong in the democratic orchestra, may be? No?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Bulgaria#1941_to_present

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#1
Mr Galevi - 1 Feb 2014 // 13:13:47

I'm sure irony is totally lost on the BSP that the very day Bulgaria mourns its victims of communism, they are busy persecuting members of their party.