Days after at least nine people were killed in Germany in a far-right attack, neo-Nazis from across Europe were stopped from marching in Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, as they had done every year since 2003. Hundreds of far-right activists from across the continent had started arriving in Sofia in advance of the weekend for Saturday’s planned Lukov March to honour a Nazi collaborator, expecting to take part in a torchlit rally. But on Friday, a higher court ruling upheld Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandakova’s ban; in previous years, her attempts to halt the march were overturned. While anti-fascist activists and observers welcomed the development, they warned that Bulgaria’s far-right problem goes far beyond a single February march. In the wake of Wednesday’s massacre in Hanau, which saw white supremacist gunman Tobias Rathjen kill nine people – all of whom had migrant backgrounds – at two shisha lounges, before turning the gun on his mother and himself, German authorities did manage to prevent at least nine people from boarding a plane to Bulgaria to attend the event. Some were subsequently allowed to travel. But hundreds of others came to participate in the Lukov March, which commemorates a pro-Nazi Bulgarian general and head of a wartime fascist movement.

via al jazeera: In the wake of Hanau, an annual neo-Nazi rally is banned in Sofia