06 Dec 2018

Croatian activists fight hatred against refugees

Amidst smear campaigns against refugees and migrants, Croatian human rights activists have issued "a call against the eruption of hatred" in an attempt to highlight the importance of solidarity with the vulnerable. 

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Why this story matters:

Croatia is mainly a transit country for refugees and migrants going to Western European countries. Few wish to stay there. 

And why would they -- when the police forces constantly abuse them and mainstream media spin the news to make them appear dangerous?

By and large, the general public is of one mind with the police and the media. But there is opposition to systemic mainstream hatred. That's why it is important for initiatives like wall newspaper to gain more visibility -- to show there are Croatians who believe refugees should be welcomed. 

Details from the story:

  • In 2015, Croatia was for the first time faced with a substantial flow of refugees and migrants in its recent history. Initial acts of solidarity gave way to rejection and violence following the change of government following parliamentary elections in 2016.  
  • Civil society associations have been reporting the use of violence against refugees and migrants by the Croatian border police ever since.
  • Media reports covering the "refugee crisis" are often biased and one-sided, offering only official governments views and thus contributing to the increase of public animosity against refugees and migrants.   
  • More than one thousand supporters have signed the document that calls against the eruption of hatred, directed towards refugees and migrants in Croatia. Activists invite citizens to print out the wall newspaper and share it in their local communities. 
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