Sofia, Bulgaria: People in Sofia are camping in front of the Monument to the Soviet Army to prevent it from being removed by Bulgarian authorities.
The Bulgarian authorities have removed several Soviet monuments due to Russia’s aggression over Ukraine and expected to remove more Soviet monuments, including one of the most famous Soviet Army monuments in Bulgaria, made in memory of Russian soldiers who liberated the Bulgarians from the Turks and then again from the Germans.
People in Sofia, Bulgaria are camping out in front of the Monument to the Soviet Army to prevent it from being removed by Bulgarian authorities. pic.twitter.com/hB3uR5934H
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To defend the monuments several Sofian residents gathered across the monuments to defend them from being removed or demolished.
The Soviets monuments in Sofia are a sign of Russian victory over Turks and German. The giant Monument shows the Bulgarian people thanking the Soviet liberators. They were built in the communist era.
Due to Russian aggression over Ukraine, several people find it disturbing to have a Soviet army monument in their country, while some respect it due to historical events.
That’s why people in Sofia choose to defend Soviet monuments from being demolished or vandalized. Since the invasion of Ukraine began, several Bulgarian people have shown support to Russia and opposed the Bulgarian government’s decision to send arms and weapons to Ukraine.
The Bulgarian people once also defended Soviet monuments from getting vandalized by Ukrainian refugees who fled Ukraine and came to Bulgaria due to war.
Since the invasion began, several times, got spoiled by protestors by painting Ukrainian flag colours or spilling red colour on them, demonstrating blood. Bulgarian residents are camping and taking turns to watch the Monument to the Soviet Army to protect it from vandalism by Ukrainian supporters.