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Author: Lucian Vâlsan

After
the
Brits
found
out
on
December
25 that
the
tenth most
wanted
gift
by
the
children
is
a
DAD[1],
on
December
26,
a
few
Bulgarian
fathers
took
it
to
the
streets
with
the
message:
‘Children
need
their
fathers
on
Christmas’.
The
organization
named
“Бащи
за
отговорно
родителство”
(Fathers
for
responsible
parenthood)
organized
a
protest
in
the
Bulgarian
capital,
Sofia,
in
which
they
dressed
themselves
as
Santa
Claus
in
order
to
draw
attention
to
the
constant
state
sponsored
parental
alienation
that
is
enabled
by
the
Bulgarian
government.
Although
their
protest
was
not
huge,
it
was
very
attractive
as
the
dads
with
signs
offered
small
gifts
to
random
children
passing
by,
reminding
them
to
cherish
their
fathers.
The
situation
of
separated
or
divorced
fathers
in
Bulgaria
is
no
different,
nor
less
dramatic,
than
anywhere
else
in
the
European
Union,
but
this
is
the
first
time
when
a
fathers’
rights
group
was
mentioned
in
the
press.
And
by
‘press’

I
mean
‘press’
as
a
whole.
Even
this
event
got
only
three
articles
in
the
Bulgarian
media,
one
in
Serbia
and
one
in
Romania.
Moreover,
the
Serbian
and
the
Romanian
media
who
reported
this
presented
it
as
it’s
an
anomaly
to
demand
equal
rights
for
men,
which
adds
up
to
the
depression
that
these
fathers
have
to
endure
thanks
to
the
misandric
laws
that
never
stop
favoring
women.
Vasil
Popov
from
Plovdiv,
Bulgaria,
told
to
the
Darik
News
Bulgaria
(the
only
press
agency
that
reported
from
the
protest)[2]:


Fathers
are
on
the
street,
because
for
the
most
part
they
are
the
victims.
After
separation
or
divorce,
fathers
receive
a
restrictive
regime
which
limits
their
contact
with
their
children.
If
the
mother
does
not
want
to
allow
child
to
maintain
contact
with
the
other
parent,
[…],
she
gets
the
legal
right
to
use
the
child
against
him.
So
she
refers
to
a
court
order,
not
the
paternal
relationship,
the
relationship
between
child
and
parent.
Personal
relationships
should
not
be
regulated
by
a
judicial
act.

Basically,
the
law
in
Bulgaria
presumes
the
mother
to
be
the
primary
parent,
regardless
of
whether
she’s
an
appropriate
parent
or
not,
and
the
father
is
deemed
as
a
secondary
non-parent.
Not
long
ago,
the
family
law
in
Romania
was
the
same
and
it
literally
said
that
the
“state
protects
the
interests
of
mothers
and
children,”[3]
while
fathers
were
mentioned
only
when
it
came
to
child
support.
It
is
really
sad
that
these
kinds
of
grassroots
movements
get
little
to
no
exposure.
However,
there
is
also
good
news:
The
Sofia
Municipality
chose
to
support
the
message
that
‘Fathers
for
responsible
parenthood’
transmitted
which
means
that
public
officials
of
the
capital
city
will
petition
the
government
to
amend
the
legislation
and
give
fathers
more
access
to
their
children.
With
a
bit
of
luck,
next
Christmas
will
find
more
fathers
close
to
their
children
in
Bulgaria,
and
this
can
only
be
a
good
thing.
Slowly,
bit
by
bit,
country
by
country,
men
are
starting
to
see
through
the
lies
in
the
public
discourse
and
are
starting
to
stand
up
for
themselves.
[1]

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2253047/A-dad-tenth-popular-Christmas-present-children-survey-reveals.html

[2]

http://dariknews.bg/view_article.php?article_id=1016280

[3]

http://e-juridic.manager.ro/index.php?pag=a&aid=5250

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