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Hristo Botev

Hristo Botev, also known as Khristo Botev, was a Bulgarian poet and revolutionary. He was born in Kalofer on January 6, 1848 to Botyo Petkov and Ivanka Boteva.

Botev died heroically on June 2, 1876 as a voevode* of 200 rebels who had set out to die for the liberation of Bulgaria.

The inscription chiselled on the granite rock by which he was killed reads: "Your prophecy has come true - you live on!"

Nowadays, the air raid sirens throughout all Bulgaria are being switched on for a few minutes on every June 2, exactly at 12 o'clock. Bulgarians stand up to honour the ones who have fought and died for their country.

*people who led the rebels in Bulgaria during Ottoman rule were called voevodes

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