Freedom and democracy must fought for and protected, said Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev at the Memorial for the Victims of Communism in Sofia.
Wednesday Bulgaria is marking for the second time the official Day of Gratitude and Homage to the Victims of the Communist Regime.
“Freedom and democracy ought not only be used, but also fought for, including in hard times,” said Plevneliev upon laying a wreath at the monument.
“Getting to grips with our recent history is a necessary condition for taking in earnest the values on which our society is founded,” added the Bulgarian President.
“The deaths of those Bulgarians who fell at the hands of the communist regime is one of the most vivid symbols of repression against the Bulgarian people,” stated Plevneliev.