Welcome to Croatia and Croatia Full of Torture – using the language of tourist slogans, are the latest billboards set up in Cista Provo municipality, where artists have intervened in public space for more than a decade through billboards, highlighting various social issues.
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Billboards were put up at this location, not far from the Croatian border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, a few days after the European Commission announced that Croatia had fulfilled the conditions to join the Schengen area. “People who are beaten up and insulted every day, people who truly know pain, hunger and fear, speak much more accurate about our country than the worn out tourist slogans,” said the activists behind the action.
In the name of joining Schengen, Croatia has normalized and institutionalized violence, which remains unacceptable. Illegal pushbacks and incerceration of refugees and migrants, and police violence, abuse and torture of individuals and groups, men and women, adults and children have been reported for years. With this action we declare that we will never accept this (as) reality. We will never believe the police lies and their unconvincing press releases.
With these billboards we declare that the truth of refugees and migrants who are exposed to police repression daily is more powerful and louder than your batons, beacons, and prison cells. People who are beaten up and insulted every day, people who truly know pain, hunger and fear, speak much more accurate about our country than the worn out tourist slogans. They speak of repression that knows no boundaries, of violence that spills over on all „others”, of violence that attacks women and girls, intimidates transgender and queer people, insults lesbians and gays, hates Serbs and Roma people, starves workers, crushes the poor and homeless, persecutes activists and journalists, beats up anti-fascists and libertarians. Not in our name!
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