Refugee protest near Velika Kladuša still ongoing

The completely self-organised refugee protest at the Bosnian-Croatian border near Velika Kladuša is still ongoing. Since Tuesday around 300 refugees block the border crossing and demand their right to claim asylum in the European Union. There is no support from NGOs yet – at least it is not visible.

Refugees emphasise to be peaceful. 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 refugees state 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.

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.

Police is also active around the protest. This means that refugees who are already in the region find it harder to participate in the protests.

Update: The camp was evicted by the Bosnian police on October 30th, 2018.

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