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The Militant, 13 April 1945

Threaten Death Sentence for
Leading Bulgarian Trotskyists

From The Militant, Vol. X No. 15, 13 April 1946, p. 3.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.


A letter from Bulgaria, dated February, brings news of the survival of the Trotskyist movement in that country. Organized into the Internationalist Communist Party, the letter says, the Bulgarian revolutionists stand fully on the program of the Fourth International. That party is forced to function illegally and has not, up to the present, been able to organize its legal press organ.

Several of the leading members of the Bulgarian ICP have been arrested and imprisoned. They have been threatened with death sentences.

The “Fatherland Front” government led by the ex-Fascist Georgieff supported by the Stalinists, has conducted particularly vicious persecutions against the Bulgarian Trotskyists. At the same time, fascist organizations are permitted to function openly and legally.

Militant Record

The Bulgarian ICP has a record of militant struggle against fascism and against the Nazi oppressor. While the Bulgarian Trotskyists were carrying on the fight against the Hitlerite invader, the Stalinists received the Wehrmacht with flowers in welcoming demonstrations at the time when the Staiin-Hitler pact was still in effect. Today, the Stalinists attempt to cover up their tracks with the usual calumnies against the Trotskyists as Hitlerites, etc.

The Bulgarian Trotskyists appeal to comrades and friends everywhere to protest to the Bulgarian government against the persecutions and to demand the legalization of the ICP.

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