Far Right in Eastern Europe Makes Gains as Syrians Arrive

Andrew Higgins, New York Times, December 15, 2013

After spreading turmoil and desperate refugees across the Middle East, Syria’s brutal civil war has now leaked misery into Europe’s eastern fringe—and put a spring in the step of Angel Bozhinov, a nationalist activist in this Bulgarian border town next to Turkey.

The local leader of Ataka, a pugnacious, far-right party, Mr. Bozhinov lost his seat in the town council at the last municipal elections in 2011 but now sees his fortunes rising thanks to public alarm over an influx of Syrian refugees across the nearby frontier.

Membership of the local branch of Ataka, he said, had surged in recent weeks as “people come up to me in the street and tell me that our party was right.” Ataka, which means attack, champions “Bulgaria for Bulgarians” and has denounced Syrian refugees as terrorists whom Bulgaria, the European Union’s poorest nation, must expel. An Ataka member of Parliament has reviled them as “terrible, despicable primates.”

With populist, anti-immigrant parties gathering momentum across much of Europe, Ataka stands out as a particularly shrill and, its critics say, sinister political force—an example of how easily opportunistic groups can stoke public fears while improving their own fortunes.

The influx of Syrian refugees has sown divisions across the European Union as the refugees add burdens on governments still struggling to emerge from years of recession. But Bulgaria is perhaps the most fragile of all the European Union’s 28 members. Modest as the numbers of refugees are here, the entry of nearly 6,500 Syrians this year has overwhelmed the deeply unpopular coalition government and added a volatile element to the nation’s already unstable politics.

The arrival of the refugees and public fury over the stabbing of a young Bulgarian woman by an Algerian asylum seeker “has opened the floodgates” for far-right nationalists, said Daniel Smilov of the Center for Liberal Strategies, a policy research group in Sofia, the capital. {snip}

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Ataka’s denunciations of foreigners and local minorities like the Roma, or Gypsies, along with its demands for the return of “lost” Bulgarian territory, have pushed it to the forefront of a chauvinistic, nationalist trend gaining ground in several former Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe.

Like many populist parties in Western Europe, Ataka mixes right-wing calls for law and order and restrictions on immigration with economic policies that veer sharply to the left. But more than nationalist groups in richer countries to the West, Ataka is “virulently racist and anti-Semitic,” said Krassimir Kanev, head of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, an advocacy group working to improve the often dire conditions in government-run camps now housing the refugees.

The party was more comparable to the neo-fascist Golden Dawn movement in Greece, he said, but conceded, “Ataka’s strategy works.” Yet while Greece’s government has cracked down on Golden Dawn, in Bulgaria, Ataka is in effect a government ally. “They have made the political debate harsher and harsher,” Mr. Kanev added, as Ataka and like-minded parties have defied predictions that xenophobic extremism would fade away as Europe’s poorer nations, particularly former Communist ones, became integrated into the European Union.

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Though Ataka won only about 7 percent of the vote and 23 seats in Bulgaria’s 240-member Parliament in the May election, this political shape-shifting has helped make it a kingmaker in the finely balanced assembly. It has used its ever-changing alliances to push through Parliament a ban on land sales to foreigners, in violation of Bulgaria’s commitments to the European Union, and also to prod the authorities to start building a high fence along part of the border with Turkey to keep out the Syrians.

Despite its apparent opportunism, Ataka’s one constant has been its vicious rhetoric against foreigners and minorities. Alfa Television, a station operated by Ataka, denounces the refugees as radical Islamists and scroungers who will only bring violence and deeper poverty to Bulgaria.

Speaking recently on Alfa, which calls itself the “television of truth,” Magdelena Tasheva, an Ataka member of Parliament, said, “They are not refugees; they are terrorists.” She has also called them “savages,” “scum,” and “mass murderers.” She compared them to monkeys.

Alarmed that Ataka’s rhetoric is stoking sometimes violent xenophobia, a group of longtime Syrian residents of Sofia recently filed a formal complaint against Ms. Tasheva with the country’s Discrimination Protection Commission, which said it was examining the matter. Ms. Tasheva declined to be interviewed.

Mohammad Albramawi, a Syrian computer expert who emigrated to Bulgaria years ago and helped initiate the complaint, said he had received threatening telephone calls and was so intimidated that he had stopped speaking Arabic outside his home. “I have lived in Bulgaria for all these years,” he said, “and now I am frightened for the first time.”

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The refugees, who mostly dreamed of getting to Germany or Sweden, say they never expected Europe to be like this. “This country is too poor,” complained Mohammed Hussein, a 24-year-old Syrian who has spent the last six weeks confined to a former military base at Harmanli, a desolate town near Svilengrad. “It is like living in a prison,” he said.

Nikolai Tchirpanliev, a retired army colonel recently appointed to head the state agency charged with taking care of the refugees, said that the Syrians had helped wear out their welcome by complaining too much about stinking, clogged toilets and other problems in the camps and holding centers.

“It is like when the Huns came to Europe,” he said, comparing the influx of Syrians to the wild, nomadic warriors who conquered much of Eastern Europe in the fourth and fifth centuries. Amnesty International and other groups that criticize conditions, he said, should stop condemning the Bulgarian authorities and “ask, ‘Why don’t these people know how to use toilets?’ ”

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  • Northsea

    My respect for Eastern Europe grows and grows.

    • Alexandra1973

      Half of my genetic makeup is Eastern European.

      Perhaps we Pollacks aren’t so dumb after all, eh?

      • Northsea

        You certainly know more than us Western European types.

        • Zaporizhian Sich

          My family suffered greatly because of Herr Hitler and the Soviets, that’s why I know what I know. It is also why I detest the racial aliens ruling the nation, because they are the same ones who forced my grandparents to flee for their lives and tore my family apart.

          • Vladimir Putin is the only world leader defending Christian Orthodoxy…

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        Same here Alexandra, with a lot of Irish mixed in. I am descended from the most oppressed peoples of Europe, like yourself. Yes, we do know things that westerners regard as “useless information,” but the joke is already on them and they haven’t for the most part, woke up to that fact.

  • Puggg

    “Pugnacious far right party”

    Finally, something made for me.

    “Far right in EE makes gains as Syrians arrive”

    New York Times wants more Syrians to arrive sooner to elect a new people.

  • Like many populist parties in Western Europe, Ataka mixes right-wing calls for law and order and restrictions on immigration with economic policies that veer sharply to the left…..Though Ataka won only about 7 percent of the vote and 23 seats in Bulgaria’s 240-member Parliament in the May election, this political shape-shifting has helped make it a kingmaker in the finely balanced assembly. It has used its ever-changing alliances to push through Parliament a ban on land sales to foreigners, in violation of Bulgaria’s commitments to the European Union, and also to prod the authorities to start building a high fence along part of the border with Turkey to keep out the Syrians.”

    The moral of this story?

    Blood and soil nationalism + Economic populism + Multi-party political cultures = Winning.

  • Spartacus

    “This country is too poor,” complained Mohammed Hussein, a 24-year-old
    Syrian who has spent the last six weeks confined to a former military
    base at Harmanli, a desolate town near Svilengrad. “It is like living in
    a prison,” he said.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Then leave.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Has he ever thought for non-Muslims, especially those of European heritage, living in a Muslim domination nation is WORSE than living in a prison?

  • Dave4088

    It’s possible that the fortunes of the white race lie with the Slavic peoples of Eastern Europe and Russia. They are ethnically & racially conscious and seem to have little patience for third world immigrants and political correctness unlike their Western cousins in Europe and America who seem very willing to become persecuted minorities in their own nations.

    • Spartacus

      We’re not all Slavs here…

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Genetically many of you guys are remarkably similar to ANCIENT pre Slavic populations. Dacians, Thracians, for you guys and the “Bulgarians”.
        Dacians and Thracians = ANCIENT Aryan bloodlines. Spoke versions of the almost extinct Western Iranic branch of Indo-European, like Skythians and Sarmatians.

        Thracians eventually seem to have abandoned their tongue for Greek, then later a Slavic overlay. ROME-ania of course, went Latin, but resisted the Slavic linguistic expansion.

        But again, the Romanians are still surprisingly “Dacian” and the Bulgarians likewise “Thracian”, genetically.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      They were killed to the tune of millions of men, women and children by darkies of every stripe except Africans, and they never forgotten that. Mass murder and oppression against your fellow Slavs made these people suspicious, and hostile towards Muslims for good reason. They are not going to stand by and allow themselves to become persecuted and brutalized dhimmis in their own land without mass killing of their enemies by any and all means at their disposal. THAT is what lies ahead for white Americans and whites in other white nations because of the fifth column that controls their media, military, government, banks and corporations. We are not all Slavs here, but we are going to have to be just like them, if not more so if we are not to literally be extinct and an archeological curiosity in centuries to come.

  • IstvanIN

    End all asylum now. People never fight back until their back is against the wall. Let them stay home and fix their own problems.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Barring that, all asylees in the U.S. should be herded into guarded camps in the middle of nowhere, with minimal living conditions, and forced to work 50-60 hours per week, or they can be dropped back in their home countries. That ought to weed out the Auntie Zeituni (on welfare, living in public housing) and Tsarnaev types.

      • IstvanIN

        We shouldn’t take them period.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “The refugees, who mostly dreamed of getting to Germany or Sweden, say
    they never expected Europe to be like this. “This country is too poor,”
    complained Mohammed Hussein, a 24-year-old Syrian who has spent the last
    six weeks confined to a former military base at Harmanli, a desolate
    town near Svilengrad. “It is like living in a prison,” he said.”

    Yeah it looks like Bulgaria doesn’t have all the hand outs and freebies that are available in Germany or Sweden. It’s funny, even living in a prison is apparently better than living in Syria. They dreamed of getting to Germany or Sweden; I highly doubt Germans and Swedes dream of invading Syrian peasants.

    • 1stworlder

      Living on welfare is better than being in the top 1% of natives of black/brown nations that don’t export oil.

  • bigone4u

    Magdelena Tasheva, an Ataka member of Parliament, said, “They are not refugees; they are terrorists.” She has also called them “savages,” “scum,” and “mass murderers.” She compared them to monkeys.
    __________________________________
    We need more white women like Magdelena.

  • curri

    I don’t feel sorry for the Gypsies-but I do feel sorry for the Syrians. They were driven out of their homeland by USG-Saudi-Israel supported bloodthirsty jihadis who are committing many vile atrocities. And many of the Syrian refugees are Christians from the oldest Christian communities in the world.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Yes but Eastern Europe wasn’t driving them out of Syria to begin with, it’s the United States, Saudia Arabia and Israel who created this refugee crisis. Working with their cohorts in Europe, they are trying to ignite a clash of civilizations by spreading Islam to white nations. The goal of course is to foment Jihad against us, and never forget it’s those who cannot be named or blamed who are using Muslims as their bullet stoppers and cannon fodder. They can care less about the Syrians, who are being set up for extermination along with all whites. I see no reason why Europe should be forced to deal with them, Ukraine and the rest of Europe are unable to feed their own people properly. I met a Russian-American girl who told me about how bad things really are there yesterday in fact. They cannot take in refugees, they have lots of Muslim terrorists attacking their people daily, and the Syrians are NOT wanted there.

    • Andy

      I feel sorry for the Syrians driven out by the rebels. The ones that are rebels themselves I do not.

      • curri

        Most of the rebels are foreigners imported by the Saudis.

  • ““Bulgaria for Bulgarians”

    [sarcasm]
    How utterly and viciously provincial.
    [/sarcasm]

  • Allan477

    Why don’t Syrian Muslims go to a Muslim country?

    • M.

      1. Benefits;
      2. civilization;
      3. women.

      • ixObserver

        More of 1, 3 than 2.

        • Sick of it

          Probably 3 above all. They fixate on our women.

    • curri

      Israeli-Saudi backed terrorists are driving them out of Syria. Turkey is the only country between Syria and Bulgaria-and Turkey is pro-Israel but moving towards ambivalence.

    • emiledurk16

      Excellent question, Allan. It is always the encroachment of peoples of non-European descent on the civilizations of Europe. Syrians and the Hittite civilization have been eternal but, IMO, they derive from the Middle-Eastern, and after Mohammed, Muslim culture. With the exception of a few, Johnny Jihad from America, and sporadic Western defectors to the jihadist cause, the intrusion is always the same.
      I think they know we have more to offer (or had more to offer) and it is my belief that westerners must become more invigorated. An understatement if there ever was one. France and Britain’s politically correct surrender is only matched by America’s. A country I once called my own.

  • M.

    This is Viktoria Hristova, the 20-year-old Bulgarian that was stabbed to death by an Algerian asylum-seeker.

    • Mark

      The scumbag will get a permanent asylum now.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      He looks like a prime candidate for the iron bar and then pig pen treatment. What a demonic creature, I would frankly have no qualms about killing him had he attacked a member of my family.

    • emiledurk16

      A picture does indeed paint a thousand words, my friend. This is reminding me of the Massachusetts math teacher raped and murdered by a teenage black. A very similar beautiful and innocent portrait. This and other tragedies reinforces my conviction for our cause. A stance must be taken, and as an Amren member, I’ll do my part. Thanks.

  • Triarius

    Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them – Seneca the Younger

  • Mark

    Plenty of involvement from the “tribe”. It applies to all Eastern European nations and especially Poland. They are trying to make her their “promised land”.

  • Alec Smart

    There are 50 jewish groups involved in promoting mass immigration and open borders and lax immigration enforcement in the USA.

    Why?

    It is a part of their ethnic group strategy. It is calculated.

    And if you look at Israel, they have some of the strictest immigration laws on the entire planet. Jews know exactly how important immigration is to maintaining national cohesion and unity.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Alec, their motivation is the destruction of all western nations, and the extermination of all whites, globally. They are hiding behind Muslims and darkies thinking that when our bombs and bullets start flying, they will not be meant for them. Of course that backfired many times already. An example of their extreme, inhuman cruelty is the Holodomor, a manufactured famine that killed one out four Ukrainian children. That was why Ukrainians couldn’t wait to kill every Jew they found in Ukraine during WW-II. That was why there was an SS “Galicia Division,” which was all Ukrainians. That was why Polish, Ukrainian and Lithuanian troops assisted German soldiers in razing the ghettos in Warsaw and Lodz Poland, killing virtually every one of them. The Jews ran the Soviet Union, and they killed tens of millions of Slavs. Russian President Vladimir Putin stated the Soviet Union was by, for and of Jews. To say that in the West amounts to both political suicide and quite possibly a death wish too. The USSR funded and armed the likes of Mandela and other anti-white terrorist movements. There is ample evidence to show they are behind this, and why.

      • NoMosqueHere

        “their motivation is the destruction of all western nations, and the extermination of all whites, globally.”

        This is a completely deranged blood libel.

        • ms_anthro

          How so? It would be better to refute his statements as inaccurate than simply use a tired hasbara buzz phrase like “blood libel.” If he’s wrong, tell us why.

          • Zaporizhian Sich

            Go to You Tube and look for a video featuring Barbara Specter, she is Jewish and she openly brags about their role in the non-whites invasion of our nations. Don’t take my word for it, go to the source.

          • ms_anthro

            I replied with a link to the Youtube video but it’s being held for moderation. I doubt it will get past the censors but anyway, yes, highly worth watching!

        • Zaporizhian Sich

          Denying the reality of who is tearing our nations down and flooding Muslims and other hostiles into our and only our lands is deranged. As for blood libel, there is plenty of that on an ongoing basis against ALL of us on the part of the Jews. The Holodomor was created and executed by Jews, this is a fact that is supported by overwhelming evidence. Yagoda and Kaganovich were Jews, not Russians, and so were the henchmen who tool every last bit of food from millions of Ukrainians then killed any of them who picked up kernels of grain from the fields to stay alive. Your accusation is not supported by fact, my family was in Ukraine when this happened.

          • Die jüdischen Banken sind überschwemmen Europa mit Muslimen.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    See my post above. Communism was not a blessing, it killed as many as 100 million Slavs during the Soviet Era. Much of the USSR was and still is third world to begin with. The birth rate is below replacement level. Russians and Ukrainians are fleeing their lands, I am meeting more and more of them here in the Deep South. When I was a boy, I and my siblings were among the tiny number of Slavs in my area back in the 1970’s. Now I am encountering an ever growing number of them. The environmental devastation from Communism is dire, far worse than just Chernobyl. Jewish organized crime cartels and oligarchs, along with Muslims are the real rulers of Russia. Muslims are knifing, shooting and bombing innocent people there daily, race riots between Russians and Muslims are now exploding in frequency and violence. The borders were sealed only to the Slavs, Jews and others came and went as they pleased. You couldn’t even drive from one city to another without extreme restrictions on your movements. No, Communism was no blessing, it is a curse that has spread to every white nation, the U.S. is already de facto a Communist nation.

  • emiledurk16

    I say good for the Bulgarians and supporters of Ataka. They wish to protect their country and people. The article said their economic tendency is to the left, and I’m not too sure if that’s wise. Was disappointed to hear of Golden Dawns travails as I believe they would be good for the ancient country of Greece. The destination refugees had in mind was Germany or Sweden. That’s also disappointing as the mental image I have of these 2 countries is of a northern Anglo stock. Naivete notwithstanding. I feel sorry for war refugees but nevertheless I don’t want Eastern and Northern Europe invaded. Maybe a bit of Ataka and The Golden Dawn can rub off on a portion of what’s left of America.

  • Sick of it

    It never occurs to these rags that the owners/controllers of said rags are the opportunistic scumbags that make bank off of people’s fears. They rule with an iron fist, keeping people in check through fear. When the fear wears off, they might find themselves in a wood-chipper for everything they have done.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    That is indeed the one. What hubris, and this woman is as far as I am concerned a Vedma, or evil witch. I never thought witches were real, until I saw this video clip of her.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    That should read, hostile alien ruling elites underestimate the speed at which their destructive policies provoke opposition, legal and extra-judicially as well. They should expect the people to react negatively to being terrorized, displaced, oppressed and impoverished in favor of invading aliens.