Local opposition to Slovenia’s fence on the border of Croatia takes a festive theme.
The Slovenian army is continuing utting up a barbed wire fence on the border between Slovenia and Croatia in Istria. The initial shock which occurred on Saturday when the construction started has still not subsided. Resentment is apparent on both sides of the border, especially since the population in this area has very close relations. Some believe that they should organize protests, while others think there is no need for that since nothing would change. The Slovenian government has decided to implement its plan, no matter what people in the region think about it. The main question is how many refugees from Syria will ever reach the region around Buje and try to cross the Slovenian border, reports Telegram.hr, Glas Istre and 24Sata on December 14, 2015.
It is well known that much of the border area is almost impassable and very dangerous if you do not know the area, since the valley near the two border crossings Kaštel and Plovanija next to the Dragonja river is covered mostly in deep mud. The scene at the border is slightly shocking for those who come there for the first time – on both sides of the road there is a high wire fence, with additional razor wire ready to be used to close the road if there is a surge of refugees. Local Slovenian hunters said that the fence would serve only to stop the animals passing, while it would not stop any determined refugees.
The local population has condemned the construction of the fence, while the tourists who will come to spend the New Year’s holidays in Istria will have a “nice” welcome at the border.
Some inhabitants of Bela Krajina region in Slovenia have decided to decorate the border fence with Christmas ornaments, in order to once again send a message that they do not want such a fence. Slovenian Interior Ministry representative Bostjan Šefic met with locals protesting against the wire fence. They claim that the wire prevents normal life at the natural border with Croatia, endangering people and animals, and could cause big problems if there are winter floods from rising water levels of the nearby Kupa river.
Germany could begin to repatriate refugees from the border with Austria, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said. However, he stated that this would happen only if other countries fail to protect Schengen borders. The Germans are angry that other countries are not protecting their borders, are not registering the refugees and are letting them freely reach Germany, which has recently registered its millionth refugee.