A month ago I took a walk through central Sofia to document all the swastikas and other far-right imagery I’d seen on the streets in my few months there.
Spoiler: there’s a lot, or at least a lot more than I’m used to seeing on a city street (i.e., close to zero).
All the photos here, save one, were taken on March 17, 2018. Aside from a few crops/rotations, none of these photos have been edited.
I haven’t got much in the way of editorial commentary beforehand, other than:
Clearly it’s a minority of a minority of people doing this sort of thing – don’t go around saying that ‘muhh all Bulgarians must be Nazi sympathizers blah blah’ because, no.
For the most part, as the photos will indicate, it’s clearly Levski Sofia football hooligans doing this. Others I’m less certain about.
If you’re wondering why these swastikas and other blatant far-right/neo-Nazi symbols are allowed to stay up for an extended period of time in a European capital, don’t worry – I’m asking the same question.
Complacency? Cost of removal? The idea that ‘oh they’re just kids/idiots, they don’t know what it *really* means’? An accepted part of city life? I don’t know. I’d like to find out.
Nonetheless, here’s a selection of some of what I saw.