Dozens of citizens gathered on Monday in the northwestern town of Bihac to protest the government’s handling of the migrant situation which, they say, got out of hand.
Thousands of migrants have entered Bosnia on their way toward EU countries since the year began. The country became a significant transit point for them after numerous surrounding countries closed their borders, with Bosnia now being described as a “migrant hotspot” among local officials.
The next stop after Bosnia for the migrants is mostly the country’s western neighbour, Croatia. Croatian border police, however, often turn them back into Bosnia.
The northwestern towns of Bihac, Cazin and Velika Kladusa are located in the area of the Una Sana Canton (USK), near Croatia’s border, which is strongly affected by the situation.
The protesters say the Government is not being fair toward the USK, and that it is, with its handling of the situation, destroying the area.
They say they have nothing against the migrants themselves, but that the problem needs to be solved.
The protest was supported by the town’s mayor, Suhret Fazlic, who said that the Government and the Security Ministry do not have any strategy or plan on how to tend to the migrant crisis which has struck the country.