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Are You Syrious: Fake news and hate propaganda in Austrian media

“At the border to Croatia — only 224km from Austria — more than 20,000 people hope to break through on their way to Central Europe. An analysis from “Group III (migration)” in the interior ministry says the rush could happen soon.” This is what fake news and hate propaganda looks like. The article, and this is only part of it, was published on Sunday by one of the most influentially daily newspapers in Austria —Kronen.

Originally published by Are You Syrious. Slightly edited by Enough is Enough.

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.

The newspaper also writes that among people in Bosnia, 95 percent are male, “mainly from Pakistan, Algeria, Iran and Morocco. Many armed with knives. One border police officer has already been attacked,” and none of this is true.

Additionally, they write about “a storm at the border,” whatever that means.

On the other side of the border, thousands (but far from 20,000) of people who are looking for asylum in a safe country, or just dreaming about a better life, are deprived of their basic rights, left to live in mud with their children and families. Many of them are from war torn countries like Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, while some are coming from unstable states, where poverty, corruption and insecurity are preventing them to even hope for a better life.

Among people who are now in Bosnia, there are hundreds of unaccompanied minors and nobody takes care of them.

The government of Bosnia is weak and inefficient, and not able (or willing) to take care of asylum seekers or its own citizens who are leaving the country in large numbers. Over the last eight years, it is estimated that more than 150,000 people left Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the poorest countries in Europe, and among the poorest in the world.

Claims about crimes committed by asylum seekers in Bosnia are nothing but myth. The facts show that in the Una Sana Canton, in northern Bosnia, close to the border with Croatia, 53 criminal offences have been committed by asylum seekers out of a total of 998 offences recorded from January until September this year.

In Sarajevo, during the first nine months of this year, a total of 3,125 criminal offences were recorded, but asylum seekers were reported as potential suspects in only 19 of them.

Closed borders and unpunished violence by the EU border police is preventing people from claiming asylum. This is the attitude that puts all of Europe in a very dangerous situation, leading to possible restrictions of freedom of movement for all. If we permit this, basic human rights will soon be lost for all of us.

Are You Syrious also published a new special report about illegal pushbacks and border violence at the Bosnian/Croatian border, prepared as a group effort by the volunteers in Kladusa. Read the special report.

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