Bulgarian Interior Minister Moved to Tears by Botev's Poem
Bulgaria's Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, known as one of the “toughest” men in the country cried Wednesday during the official June 2 celebrations.
On May 31, 1993, the Council of Ministers declared June 2 the Day of prominent Bulgarian poet and revolutionary, Hristo Botev and of Those Who Have Perished in the Fight for Bulgaria's Independence.
During his own address Tsvetanov was moved to tears when he recited Botev's famous verse: “Those who perish fighting for freedom never die.”
The Minister attended the annual celebrations at the Stara Planina mountain peak “Okoltchtisa” where Botev's troupe engaged in its last fight with the Ottoman Turkish army.
After walking to the peak on foot, Tsvetanov refused to read his prepared speech and improvised an address, appealing to Bulgarians to be proud with the Nation's heroes and work on making the country stronger, a place that everyone wishes for the future of their children.
Meanwhile, representatives of the far-right, nationalist “Ataka” party, and their leader, Volen Siderov, are said to have behaved better than last year and Tuesday night when they booed President, Georgi Parvanov, and shouted “Volen for President”during the fireworks and the ceremony on the same occasion, held in the city of Vratsa. One “Ataka” member, however, still proceeded to insult the priests, who served the Wednesday mass at “Okolchitsa.”
The commemoration was also attended by Members of the Parliament from Tsvetnov's ruling Citizen for European development of Bulgaria (GRB) party, from the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and the right-wing Blue Coalition, the Vratsa regional Governor, and the Vratsa Mayor.
Many wreaths were laid - from Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and the Speaker of the Parliament, Tsetska Tsacheva, State and party organizations and NGOs.
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