A refugee camp in Slovenia was burnt to the ground Wednesday in protest of poor conditions and a 24-hour delay of getting to Austria.
Witnesses report that the migrants were tired of waiting on transit across the border to Austria and decided to light the camp, made up of military-issued tents, on fire as a protest while chanting “Let us go!” The Associated Press reports. Police said the migrants have previously been burning tents in order to stay warm but that this fire appears to be organized as blankets donated by the United Nations were used to ignite it.
Slovenia has now called in military forces to ease the influx, according to The Guardian. Interior Secretary of State Bostjan Sefic said the violence takes place at several locations across the country.
“[The refugees] just want to go on their way as soon as possible,” Sefic said. “They are very dissatisfied and unrestful when they stay at a certain place.”
Slovenia is one of the smallest countries in the European Union with a population of just two million. The Slovenians are struggling to cope with increased pressure after Hungary closed off its border to Croatia last week, which further delays processing procedures. (RELATED: Hungary’s Trump-Style Fence Keeps Refugees Out)
“I am sorry for Europe,” Ari Omar, an Iraqi refugee in Slovenia, told AP. “We did not think Europe is like this: no respect for refugees, not treating us with dignity. Why is Europe like this?”
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