This Sunday evening, Slovenian users of social networks began sharing photos portraying a group of armed men in a military formation in the area of Maribor Pohorje. The faces of men on the photographs are hidden behind black masks, and many are seen holding axes and various firearms.
Originally published by Libela.org. Translated by somebody living on the Slovenian territory.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
During the following two days, videos (Warning Facebook Link) of the event pictured in the photos shared on Facebook confirmed that the group in question are indeed a Slovenian citizens. Namely, during what appears to be a military exercise, the group waved the Slovene national flag and the flag of the Styrian National Guard.
Allegations seen circulating Facebook claim the group to be an extremely right-wing paramilitary group whose goal is “to protect Slovenian borders and defend the Slovenian nation from migrants entering the country.”
While there are currently no official statements that would confirm or disprove this claim, through observing comments related to these photographs, as well as the aforementioned footage that has been viewed over 45,000 times over the last few hours, it is possible to notice that a worrying number of citizens support the idea of engaging in active acts of violence against asylum seekers in Slovenia.
“You are serving your homeland well!”, “This is the only right way!”, “Well done, boys! As a Slovenian citizen I am proud of you!”, “You are the only ones who care about Slovenia.” and the like are only some of the comments openly showing support for this “paramilitary organization” posted on several Facebook pages.
While whether or not the group’s goel is indeed to “fight against the migrants” is still not confirmed, in the context of participating in this event, the head of the right-wing group of football fans from Maribor, Andrej Šisko, announced that “the published footage was made on Saturday during the exercise of Maister’s battalion, an organization that numbers around one hundred members. “
Despite failing to deny the fact that members of the group were armed and pointing out his personal attitude that gun possession ought to be a basic human right, Šiško denied the existence of a link between the military exercisy the Maister battalion engaged in on Saturday and their disagreement with the Slovenian government’s migration policy.
The development of the situation continues, and an investigation regarding the motives of this Slovenian armed group is underway.