Pam Barker | Director of TLB Europe Reloaded Project
Readers may be interested in this short Al Jazeera piece from 2 months ago (July 2019) titled Slovenia to deploy soldiers to boost border patrols for migrants, which illustrates how the military have been involved with police patrolling their borders for some time.
This September 2018 piece by AP may be interesting for the fact that former Slovenian presidential candidate Andrej Sisko (pictured, mentioned in the report below as being the commander of this citizens’ group defending the borders) was taken in for questioning after video emerged of a masked group (paramilitary or volunteer defence? there is some question about this in media reports) training in fields around the town of Maribor. For this he was found guilty, and as of March, 2019 is spending 8 months in jail for ‘inciting subversion of constitutional order’.
This NPR report from 2015 indicates that Slovenia was being inundated with illegals crossing its borders:
At migrant reception camps in Slovenia, authorities are overwhelmed. The tiny Balkan country, with a population of just 2 million, has received more than 50,000 people in less than a week. There’s often not enough beds and food to go around.
See also this interesting FT report from October, 2015: Slovenia struggles to cope with migrant crisis.
What I am trying to find, and have so far been unable to, is any indication that Slovenia treats the actions of this group of ‘volunteers’ (as opposed to being a paramilitary group) as illegal. This in contradistinction to how France has treated three leaders (pictured) of Génération Identitaire, which have been setting up protests in alpine regions where illegal migrants cross over from Italy. They have each received six months in jail and significant fines as a result of an April 2018 blockade in which a small number of illegals were handed over to police.
Slovenians form citizen’s army to stop illegals migrants
A citizen’s patrol has been set up to curb irregular migration on the Slovenian border with Croatia.
The Balkan route for migrants through Turkey and Greece to the north to the Germany is well-known, but the classic route, which leads from Greece via Hungary to Central Europe, has been largely closed since 2016.
Originally the route was via Serbia and Hungary to the north, but thanks to Hungary’s courageous Prime Minister Orban, it is no longer possible.
The human replacement wave now runs through Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria, as an alternative route that has been established to gain entry into Germany and Scandinavia.
Although Croatia, an EU country, is working diligently to curb the steady flow, masses of people are still coming to Slovenia. But diligent Slovenian citizens are working to stop the wave.
For this reason, to reinforce the regular border guard at the Croatian border, civilians have now formed an army to capture illegal immigrants trying to cross the border, reported the TV news channel Euronews. (ER: curiously, the video attached to this article, in German, has been disabled, but it’s available in an English-language version of this story, on Youtube here)
Euronews called the group “vigilantes” but the definition of a vigilante is a member of a self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their community – without legal authority. In this case however, the citizens are helping regular border patrols to enforce the law, not to break the law.
The group supports regular border guards, and when patrols catch migrants trying to cross the border, the migrants are handed over to the authorities. Slovenia usually monitors the border with police units (ER: and with military reinforcement).
Blaz Zidar, who supports the country’s police forces with his own troops, said: “I think the only solution here is to send the army to the border. The situation is similar now as if you were opening the gates of a prison and saying we let out all the prisoners. Who would stay in there? Not a single one “.
Andrei Sisko, commander of the citizen’s group, says:
“What is the goal? The aim is to educate people and volunteers to defend their country as needed and to help the military and police to control public order. In times of massive migrations from the African and Asian states, especially Muslims, it is important to protect our borders. Because a state that is unable to protect its border is not a sovereign state.”
Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Sarec during a visit to the Croatian border announced an increase in border protection against illegal migrants.
Some 35 additional soldiers have been posted at the border. Among other things, the military will use armored vehicles and modern surveillance technology in future to stop the flow of irregular entries.
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