Thrace Day Festivities Pose Sofia Police on Alert

Politics | March 26, 2006, Sunday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Thrace Day Festivities Pose Sofia Police on Alert Vice-President Anguel Marin (back right) attended the ceremony marking the Day of Thracia. Nationalists flagging horse-tails and slogans also joined the venue, stirring anxiety among policemen on guard. Photo by Nadya Kotseva (Sofia News Agency)

Festivities on the occasion of the Day of Thrace have set Sofia police on alert when marching nationalists joined in a speech of Bulgaria's Vice-President.

At a ceremony marking 93 years since the epic battle at Odrin (Eidrne) fortresss Anguel Marin called for more energy and attention to be paid to Bulgaria's illustrious momentums in history.

With a decree approved this week Bulgarian government proclaimed March 26 as day for remembrance of Thracian Bulgarians and their role for preserving this rich cultural treasure in Europe.

On this day in 1913, during the Second Balkan War, Bulgarian troops made the impossible - crushed the defense of the German-fortified Edirne seen as impregnable.

Bulgaria marks also 110 years since the establishment of the first Thracian society - the beginning of the national movement for liberation of the region of Thracia, then ruled by the Ottoman Empire.
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