Members of patriotic organisations and nationalist parties marched through the streets of Sofia on Saturday, to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Bulgaria's liberation from 500-year-long Ottoman rule. People paraded carrying Bulgarian and Russian flags as they chanted patriotic songs. Participants commemorated the Bulgarian, Romanian and Russian troops who helped liberate the country from... Еще Ottoman rule, during the 1877-1878 Russo-Turkish War, by leaving flowers on memorials and holding a minute's silence. “During the past decade some people are trying to change history, aiming to rearrange the geopolitical world map. That's why people want us to forget who we are, to forget who liberated us from Ottoman slavery. That's why those people need something more — that we hate the descendants of our liberators,» said one protester. March 3 marks the signing of the Treaty of San Stefano in 1878, which ended the conflict and the Ottoman occupation.