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‘No war but the class war’. Not a very useful slogan

A contribution from Angry Workers of the World. We do not share all the views in this post, but we think it is an important read with interesting views on solidarity in wartime (Ukraine) and details about the resistance of the working class in Tuzla during the Bosnian war.

Image above: An anti-war demonstrator being detained in Moscow

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Fortress Europe: Exposed to the Systematic Arbitrariness of IOM and Bosnian Police

Velika Kladuša. Bosnia. On November 24, the biggest autonomous squat in Velika Kladuša, a town close to the Croatian-Bosnian border in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), was evicted by special police. People on the Move (PoM) were forced to get out of their tents, pack their stuff and get into busses, not knowing where they will be brought. Afterwards special police forces burned down the camp structures and remaining shelters and with it all the belongings, people couldn’t take with them.

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AfD fascists in the Bosnian border area around Bihac

Due to the isolation of Europe, thousands of refugees are currently staying in the Bosnian border region around Bihac under undignified conditions. Last week, four fascist exponents from Germany toured the region.

Image above: Fascist delegation from Germany meets with the Prime Minister of the Bosnian Canton Una-Sana

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Bosnia: Call for Action – Lipa Camp is burning

Bihac. Bosnia. December 25. 2020. Two days ago, on the 23rd of December, the Lipa camp near the Bosnian border town of Bihac burned down. The organizations No Name Kitchen, SOS Balkanroute, Medical Volunteers International e.V. and Blindspots urgently call for evacuating the People on the Move and ensuring immediate aid in the region.

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Bosnia: So welcoming towards others and nowhere really welcome themselves – A look into the daily life of a group of People on the move

Bosnia. Some hundred metres away from the squat I saw some men crouching next to a small fire. I went to them and they instantly invited me to sit with them. One prepared a „chair“ for me with some round trash-thing they had found around and put something like a rag over it, with a lot of loving effort. They had just finished cooking and invited me to come to their little shed which they could use for some time from a „nice muslim man“. „Eat, eat.“, they told me, handing over some of the bred to take out the eggy-tomatoey food they had prepared in a pan on the fire.

Image above: Many people on the move who are blocked in Bihać have no place to live, so they occupy ruins or small sheds, like this one.

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“This story is about illegal border crossings” – Abid Khan’s own words

The long journey of Abid Khan. A journey full of police violenc and repression.

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#FortressEurope: Croatian authorities leading choreographed violence near #Cetingrad

In the last fourteen days, BVMN-member No Name Kitchen have collected testimonies alluding to a spike in pushback violence in the Cetingrad area of the Croatian border with Bosnia-Herzegovina. The veracity of these testimonies is further supplemented with reports from local people and media outlets. The characteristics of this trend in violence have been complex and coordinated assaults by Croatian police, consisting of repetitive baton strikes, lashing and kicking. These tactics leave an indelible mark on returned transit groups, visible in the extensive bruising and lacerations across the legs, torso and upper body of people subject to such violence. First hand testimony of recent pushbacks are examined here, alongside pictures and videos from the HR/BiH border which reveal the deterioration in border violence seen in the last fortnight.

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#Bosnia & #Serbia: Unprotected, attacked and shot at across the Balkan Route

Bosnia and Herzegovina — According to several statements and different local sources, on Tuesday night of this week, there was an attack by so-far unidentified, reportedly local, individuals against a dozen people staying in one of the secluded squats in the Velika Kladuša area, in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina . The boys, who were preparing to go to bed, also reported that they were shouted at, and following that several gunshots were fired at the shabby wooden shack where they were staying.

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Billboards Welcome to #Croatia – Croatia Full of Torture placed along the border with #Bosnia and Herzegovina

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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