Bulgaria: Letter from imprisoned antifascist Jock Palfreeman


The annual fascist “Lukov March” is again planned for the 18/02/2017, the date marked by Bulgarian fascists as it was when the Communist rebel Violeta Yakova killed him as part of the class war and resistance against the then fascist regime.

In reaction to the barbaric affront that the Bulgarian fascists and their lumpen commit yearly there is also a yearly anti-Lukov March demonstration organised. The anti-Lukov March is more then just symbolic opposition to fascists in Bulgaria; it is also symbolic opposition of the crimes that the fascists commit against all human decency. For example when the fascists from the Bulgarian National Union make illegal identification checks on public streets, or when the Bulgarian National Resistance makes ambush attacks on human rights demonstrators in trams. The beating and assault of a random Bulgarian man in the park with the “excuse” that they thought he was a Roma. The anti-Lukov protests are general symbolic opposition not simply to General Lukov, it is against the crimes committed by his modern day acolytes. The fascist political parties such as Ataka and the Patriot Front. It is against the crimes committed by the fascist street gangs such as National Resistance and the NAZI football formations such as Sector B.

It would be reasonable to presume that a theme of the anti-Lukov March would be to discuss the crimes committed by the very people that the anti-Lukov protestors claim to oppose. But you’d be wrong. The majority of people are only happy to discuss and talk about the crimes committed by these fascists as long as their victims did not resist. It is more acceptable for these neo-nazis to kill someone then for one of their victims to accidentally kill one of them when 15 of them make an attack. Resistance is acceptable to this sector of society as long as it remains symbolic, when resistance takes on its actually meaning, which is “a force that opposes or hinders the motion of another” it suddenly becomes abhorred and passé.

On the 28th of December 2007 there were 2 forces at work that night. The first force was that of members of Sector B (football neo-nazis) and the Bulgarian National Resistance (an overtly neo-nazi formation) 15 of them were attacking people as they passed them on the streets and of course targeting people who looked Roma with darker skin. The second force was myself, who offered the resistance to their force. At first I shouted at them but they soon started attacking me with stones, I was hit on the head many times and knocked out at least 2 times but maybe 3. Is defending the victim of fascists a crime? Is defending oneself from fascists a crime? In the eyes of the hypocrites the fascists who go to the Lukov March are fascists only on the night of the Lukov March and then like Cinderella on all other nights they are “normal Bulgarian men” meaning no one, especially a foreigner is allowed to defend themselves from their hate crimes.

Ironically people walk around howling at the corrupt Justice system in Bulgaria but they are very fast to make the argument that I was convicted by the same Justice system and so therefore must be guilty. The corrupt Justice system is the same system that protects the fascists. How many fascists have been convicted for their hate crimes? Many people attacked by these thugs and yet not a single conviction. Sons of BSP murder and the courts release them on bail so that they can escape the country to avoid a life sentences. It is the same corrupt Justice system that convicted me and the same the protects them and in my case it served both purposes.

Those from National Resistance who attacked me will be at the Lukov march. They are the sons of high ranking officers in the Bulgarian Defence, they are sons of BSP, sons of judges and prosecutors and as is common with fascists they have a superiority complex instilled in them by their elitist parents who have raise their sons to believe that Bulgaria serves at their behest.

Those who believe that I didn’t have the right to defend myself and other victims of the fascists should go join the Lukov march and not pretend to be interested in either anti fascism or human rights. It is a human right to defend oneself; it is a human right to defend each other from those who attack us. It is the fascists who want to both attack us and then convict us for defending ourselves against their attacks. During this time the question should be raised, ‘why are we opposing the actions of the Lukov marchers but not showing solidarity to others who have been persecuted by them?’ the answer to this question will divide the anti fascist community between reality and hypocrite. For it is simply hypocritical to oppose the Lukov fascists and yet remain silent about my conviction, a conviction for defending myself against these same people.

Solidarity to those brave enough to go to the anti Lukov march protest and who risk repercussions from the neo-nazis

Solidarity to the Comrades from abroad who have joined us here in Bulgaria and especially to our Comrades from Greece

Solidarity to all anti fascists Solidarity to Panagiotis Argyrou, Giorgos Nikolopoulos, Greece, Korydallos Prison, Michalis Nikolopoulos and the revolutionary struggle continuing inside the prisons of capitalist Greece The fascists will never be able to quench our fire

Comrade Jock Palfreeman