Citizens Form 'Defense Force' to Stop Illegal Immigration in Slovenia
Group of 'home guards' patrol border to fight flood of migrants into country
A group of patriotic citizens has formed a border "defense force" to stop the flood of illegal immigration in their home country of Slovenia.
Citizens decided to take matters into their own hands in the small central European state and formed the civil "home guards" to stop illegal migrants entering their country from Croatia.
The Balkan Route is used by migrants heading from the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa on their way to open borders Germany, and they illegally enter Slovenia via Croatia after passing through Greece and Turkey.
The original Balkan Route took migrants through Hungary via Serbia, but thanks to a crackdown by Hungarian national populist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, however, migrants have been forced to take a different path through Slovenia after Hungary's border has been sealed off.
This alternative route has been established for illegal migrants to gain entry to Western and Northern Europe’s welfare states.
Patriotic Slovenian citizens, however, have come together to stop the relentless flow of illegal migration.
The group of concerned citizens has formed a civil defense union to help the Slovenian army capture illegal migrants who are trying to make their way through the country, Euronews reports.
“I think the only solution here is to send the army to the border,” said Blaz Zidar, a member of the defense force.
"The situation now is similar to someone opening the gates of a prison and saying we’re letting out all the prisoners."
"Who would stay in there? Not a single person."
Andrei Sisko, the 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.”
Recently, during a visit to Slovenia’s southern border with Croatia, Prime Minister Marjan Sarec announced that his country would increase its border protection against illegal migrants.
About 35 additional troops have since been stationed at the border.