2. Thessaloniki‘s Conspirators


Between April 29 and May 2 1903, the entire Thessaloniki, then second biggest city of the Ottoman empire, is thrown into terror by a group of Bulgarian high school students. They blow up the Ottoman bank, a French ocean liner at the port, the railway, and throw a few more bombs in public spaces. Their idea is to engage the European public opinion with the disenfranchised state of Bulgarians in the empire. Almost all of them die in the assaults, as is the idea of their plot.

In Bulgaria their actions are regarded as heroic and there is a movie made about them. The European community, however, condemns these terrorist acts and the situation of the Bulgarians in Turkey hardly changes.