Sirens in Sofia

It's not only in Israel that sirens sound and people stand to honor the memory of those fallen in the past. Today at noon, Bulgarians stood to honor one of the country's most beloved heroes and revolutionaries, poet and rebel Hristo Botev, who gave his life in the uprising against the Ottomans in 1876.

According to the Sofia Echo, "people stood still for a minute until the sirens stopped. Even traffic on Sofia's busy roads was halted for one minute." From my office window, however, I noted that a few cars kept driving on the road. Also, the siren lasted about two minutes.


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