Syrian men living in Bulgaria wave Syrian flags during a demonstration in support of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad in Sofia, March 17 2012.
Members of the Syrian community in Sofia held a memorial gathering on March 18 2012 to honour the memory of those who have died in the past year in the crackdown by the Assad regime against popular protests.
The gathering was scheduled to be held in the Bulgarian capital city's Borissova Gradina, local media said. On March 17, there was a demonstration by Syrians living in Bulgaria in support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
A day earlier, Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry called on Bulgarians in Syria to quit the country immediately, given the deteriorating situation in Syria, with gunfire and explosions in the capital Damascus.
Powerful explosions hit several important government security complexes in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on March 27, killing at least 27 people and wounding nearly 100 others, the Voice of America said. The Syrian government is calling the blasts "terrorist attacks" that may be linked to year-long protests against Assad, while al-Arabiya TV reported that the government itself may have been behind the explosions, VOA said.
Bulgaria’s Parliament unanimously adopted on March 16 2012 a multi-point resolution supporting increasing pressure on president Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria and for Assad to step down to make way for a peaceful process towards a multi-party democracy.