Bulgarian MPs Officially Condemn 'Revival Process'
During its first workday after the winter holiday break, the Parliament condemned with an official declaration the Communist's regime attempt to forcefully assimilate Bulgarian Muslims, known and the "Revival Process."
The proposal of the co-Chair of the Right Wing Blue Coalition, and former Prime Minister, Ivan Kostov, was backed by 112 Members of the Parliament and 3 abstained.
The document notes that the MPs firmly condemn the assimilation policy of the totalitarian Communist regime against the Muslim minority in Bulgaria, including the Revival Process.
Some 300 000-400 000 Bulgarian Turks fled in the late 1980s when the Bulgarian Communist Party and Communist dictator Todor Zhivkov staged the notorious so called "Revival Process" or "Regeneration Process" - a campaign to assimilate first ethnic Bulgarian Muslims and then ethnic Turks by forcing them to adopt Slavic-Christian names instead of their Arab-Turkish ones.
"The expulsion of over 360 000 Bulgarian citizens of Turkish origin in 1989 is a form of ethnic cleansing committed by a totalitarian regime. The Parliament calls on Bulgarian justice and Chief Prosecutor to do everything necessary to complete the case against the perpetrators of the so-called Revival Process. Attempts to cover it up with prescription transfer the blame from the specific culprits to the entire Bulgarian nation," the declaration reads.
Kostov stressed that the document is a political assessment of an event that was detrimental for the Bulgarian society and State, and on the need to determine the real culprits who violated basic human rights.
The Deputy Chair of the ethnic Turkish party, Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, Lyutvi Mestan, stated the party supports the declaration. He said the fact that the ruling, center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, allowed such debate was a source of optimistm.
Earlier Wednesday, the Parliament did not support the fifth consecutive attempt on behalf of the far-right, nationalist Ataka (Attack) party to pass a declaration recognizing the Ottoman Empire's genocide against Armenians (1915-1922).
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I have a short blog entry about my memories from the culmination part of the Revival Process - The Big Excursion. I would like to share a link here: http://blog.feradz.com/index.php/2009/12/18/a-story-about-the-big-excursion/
You have got to be kidding! Typical Turk behavior!
You want to compare to your scorched earth policy on Kurdish villages? You have killed thousands and thousands of Kurds, not to mention your invasion of Cyprus. What about Turkey trying to Turkify Kurds during revival period while whining at Bulgaria?..
What about the Armenian GENOCIDE? A drop in the sea anything we have done compared to the butcheries you have commited, you are like Hitler telling Poland was chauvanistic.
Turks have no sense of proportion when they cry crocodile tears.
"The expulsion of over 360 000 Bulgarian citizens of Turkish origin in 1989 is a form of ethnic cleansing committed by a totalitarian regime. The Parliament calls on the Bulgarian justice and Chief Prosecutor to do everything necessary to complete the case against the perpetrators of the so-called Revival Process. "
The communist regime's revival act was one of the worst ethnic cleansing acts of the 20th century. The mild, peaceful and well-integrated Bulgarian Turkish people were deeply disheartened and hurt for a long time.
On the other hand, after this official condemnation, we have to say that Turkey has a honest and lion-hearted neighbor over there: Bulgaria.
I wish we, Turkey, had managed to be as manly as our neighbor for the people we hurt in the past like Armenians.