Watching the European Union absolutely paralyzed in the face of a mass invasion is a profoundly depressing sight. But hey, according to the AP, the “refugees” are simply “seeking a better life.”
Dozens of asylum-seekers in a Czech reception center are on hunger strike to protest their detention and a possible return to their country of origin. Media say about 44 people, mostly from Iraq, are refusing to eat in the Drahonice facility located west of Prague. Interior Minister Milan Chovanec told Czech public radio that they started their protest after some 40 other migrants were returned from the center to another European country.
In a statement sent through Mikulas Vymetal, a Protestant priest, to the local CTK news agency, the asylum-seekers complain they’ve been detained too long and say they would rather die than return home. There are currently more than 140 people in the center. Czech authorities say hunger strikes are not rare in the migrant centers.
Slovenia has started erecting a barbed-wire fence on the border with Croatia to prevent uncontrolled entry of migrants into the already overwhelmed Alpine state. A convoy of army trucks carrying barbed wire arrived early Wednesday in Veliki Obrez, at the Slovenian border with Croatia. Soldiers begun unwinding the wire and stretching it along the Slovenian side of the river Sutla that divides the two countries.
Prime Minister Miro Cerar said a day earlier that his country expects about 30,000 new migrants to reach Slovenian borders. The government fears that if neighboring Austria restricts their flow further along their route, the people stranded in Slovenia would be too many to handle.
Turkey’s state-run agency says seven children are among the 14 migrants who drowned when their boat sank off the northern Turkish Aegean coast. Anadolu Agency says Turkish Coast Guard divers are searching the waters for more possible victims. The boat carrying the migrants sank off the coast of Ayvacik early on Wednesday on its way to the Greek island of Lesbos. The migrants’ nationalities were not immediately known. More than half a million migrants have crossed the Aegean Sea to the Greek islands from Turkey so far this year. Hundreds have died during the crossing.
Turkey could stop this, but of course it won’t. The Turks want in to the EU one way or the other: either they’ll be admitted, or they’ll simply flood the place with fellow Muslims and then just walk in.