Yesterday the self-organised refugee protest camp at the Bosnian-Croatian border near Velika Kladuša was evicted by the Bosnian police. There are also reports of police violence against migrants in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, and restrictions of the freedom of movement of migrants in Bosnia.
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.
Since October 23rd around 300 migrants had blocked the border crossing and demanded their right to claim asylum in the European Union. The violence by the Croation border police, the lack of perspective and the unbearable conditions in the Bosnian „camps“ are just too much to bear. Consequently people stated that they will not go back to the „camps“ in Velika Kladuša and Bihać because these are not decent camps all. Besides that they simply can not endure camp life anymore. „We have no other option. Where should we go?“ they say and hope for support from people in the European Union.
This interview with an Iranian refugee was filmed by activists from Can’t Evict Solidarity.
Videos from the eviction on October 30, 2018, shot by migrants themselves
Meanwhile the Bosnian police stops refugees from entering the Una-Sana Canton. They control cars and busses on the road to the Bihać and Velika Kladuša. Refugees have to leave the busses and are later sent back to Sarajevo even though there are not enough facilities to accommodate them.
Are You Syrious (AYS) is receiving reports about the confusing situation in Sarajevo. People who are arriving are being sent to Delijas, an asylum center in the Trnovo suburbs of Sarajevo. The center is far away, with no internet, phone connection, or transportation to and fro. It is in the middle of the mountain, in the forest, and the first gas station where people can access internet and buy something is more than 10 km away. However, some people were taken up there by the police, only to discover that the center is full (it has a capacity of about 160) — whereupon the police left them there in the front of the center, forcing them to walk back to Sarajevo alone. In addition, when they finally reached the city center, the police stopped some people from trying to give them food. Additionally, according to these statements, police allegedly kicked them several times and one of them even told one of the boys: “Go back to your country.” In the end, they were left to sleep on the street where they have now been for days, hiding from the police. This is not an isolated case.
Meanwhile, the police continues to racially profile and harass refugees and prevent them from boarding busses going to the north of the country.
The team distributing meals writes: “Sarajevo was calm tonight and today. No police presence during evening distribution, the weather is getting colder again — fleece blankets and plastic for underneath was distributed. Some groups of newly arrived people came. (…) The camp has had trouble with both electricity and water, just as the whole town of Hadžići — due to less rain than usual the levels of water are low. Tanks with water were transferred there yesterday at least.”
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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