Bulgarian rightists protest attempts to 'rob history'

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A rightist leader criticized the statements of Bulgarian President trying, in his words, to rehabilitate a shameful page in the history of post-communism socialists.

The events of February 4, 1997 is the "late Prague spring" of Bulgaria, Union of Democratic Forces leader Petar Stoyanov said on the same day ten years later.

"There is nothing heroic in returning a government mandate when the people is ready to kill you with stones," he said.

Stoyanov, who was at the time President of Bulgaria, denounced claims of the socialists - reiterated by the president - that it was the quit mandate that had saved Bulgaria from civil war.

"The Bulgarian Socialist Party tries to re-write history," he warned and thanked the Bulgarian people who had instinctively known that ruling was destructive for the country.

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