Yesterday migrants protested against the EU border regime at the Bosnian Croatian border. Today they continued their protest. A Two reports by No Name Kitchen.
Originally published by No Name Kitchen Facebook page.
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.
Around 200 refugees (such a paradoxical name when we are referring to people without asylum) have approached the border between Bosnia and Croatia to call for a solution to their situation.
Winter rain and cold have arrived and around 1000 people are still at Velika Kladusa, Bosnian village bordering the European Union, awaiting a solution to their situation. We are talking about people who flee the war and persecution to whom nobody gives a solution of asylum.
People beaten and humiliated by Croatian forces when they are found trying to reach Europe; people who have only been offered an open field in this village, field which gets flooded every time it rains. These hundreds of people are exhausted due to this situation, terrified by the harsh cold which is arriving, and they have decided to speak out.
Last June it was the last time they demonstrated, and although it was a peaceful demonstration, the media and Croatian authorities exaggerated the situation, resulting in border reinforcement with more police officers. Today, helicopters don’t stop and there is a massive police deployment.
No Name Kitchen, October 22, 2018
October 23: Will the borders be open? – people repeated this morning while they returned again close to the border that separates Bosnia from Croatia in Velika Kladusa.
During yesterday’s ninght, more than 200 people, mostly families, approached the town of Izačić, where they spent the night and the Bosnians again showed their love bringing them food, drinks and blankets.
The hope is to give visibility to the situation that thousands of people are living on the doorstep of the European Union and that human compassion may lead them through open borders to safely reach a country where thay can be granted asylum.
Despite the protests being peaceful, this morning our volunteer companions in Velika Kladusa have been witness to the effects of the great police brutality faced by those who risked crossing the border hidden in the forest and were discovered. This morning a man had to be hospitalized because of an arm broken by — he said– the batons of Croatian policemen.
No Name Kitchen, October 23, 2018
Enough is Enough and the Cars of Hope collective just finished their work on a container in Velika Kladusa, Bosnia. The container will be used as a first aid station. In November they will start to build winterproof emergency shelters for the many people that sleep outside and in the improvised tents in the refugee camp in Kladusa. Neither the so-called big NGO’s, nor the state seem to be willing to do that until now and winter is coming fast. Of course daily needs like shoes, blankets and warm clothes are also being provided.
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