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Bring Back the Communists All is Forgiven - Honestly- 17 January 2011
  The area in Bulgaria where I live (Kardjali) is predominantly populated by Bulgarians of Turkish origin. Originally coming over with the Ottoman Empire and staying since. The main employment in the area is tobacco farming. This year under EU legislation the subsidy has been cancelled, this has not only affected farmers in Bulgaria but all over Europe including France, Germany, Greece and Italy.

The subsidy, which worked out at approx 4 lev (2 euros) a kilogram, when added to the price paid for the product by the wholesalers enabled many people to make enough money to live on, not lots of money, but enough for them to provide for there families without being a burden on the state (which provides very little anyway).

My friends and neighbours in the village that made their living this way were hoping that the wholesalers would offer them an increase in the price paid to make up for loss of subsidy. They have been given the bad news that the wholesalers have no intention of paying anymore than they can get away with. This leaves many of the village facing a 50% pay cut this year, add to this the introduction of a 10% agriculture tax meaning many are rightly worried about their financial futures.

This along with the financial crisis put upons by large capitalists organizations (banks) has started the locals thinking that life although somewhat restricted under the previous communist regime, at least provided them with a way to make a living.

So when I was in pub over the weekend, the conversation around me turned to politics, and in particular whether life in communist times was better. Oh what short memories they have here. Mahmood (my bee man) was the main protagonist. I asked where his extended family were. Knowing full well that the majority of his family had left Bulgaria along with 300,000 other Bulgarians of Turkish origin during what is known as the 'Golyam Excursion' (Big Excursion) of 1989. During the final stages of Todor Zhivkovs reign as communist dictator of Bulgaria, as his sytem started to fail, instead of looking for solutions to problems with communism, he blamed the minorities in the country, the Roma, and of course the Turks. The wikipedia article is here

So, would me Turkish friends and neighbours really be better with the communists is charge? Maybe not.


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