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Saturday, 2 March 2024

Send a Letter of Protest to the Croatian Embassy!

On the mornings of September 21 and 22, Croatian authorities entered Gornja Siga (Liberland) from Croatia and destroyed the Liberland settlement. They demolished several buildings and seized the property, equipment and food supplies of the settlers. The settlers are still on the ground, without everything but the most basic necessities.

Since August 6, access to Liberland has been through the towns of Batina and Zmajevac in Croatia. In addition to the attack on the settlement, Croatian Border Police as well as local police have been constantly harassing visitors to the area. They have created a very hostile environment for travelers and tourists, particularly for those visitors from outside the EU or Schengen Zone.

With your help, we can change that.

It will help Liberland greatly if we all take action right now. We ask that all Liberland diplomats, representatives, citizens and supporters send a letter of protest to the Croatian Embassy in their country. In some cases, one Croatian Embassy serves several countries.

You can find the address of your Croatian Embassy on this web page:

https://mvep.gov.hr/embassies-and-consulates/embassies-of-the-republic-of-croatia-in-the-world/244601

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Sample letters are below – two sample letters in English as well as letters in Spanish and German. Pick one or write your own. Add the address of the Embassy and the name of the current Ambassador if known. Add your name and contact information and print it out and send it via post. While actual printed mail is more effective, you can also email them. Please CC: foreign @ liberland.org and also let us know if you receive a response from the Croatian Embassy.

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SAMPLE LETTER 1:

Embassy of the Republic of Croatia

Your Excellency:

I am writing to you to protest Croatia’s treatment of persons living in Gornja Siga, the territory located outside of Croatia located on the right bank of the Danube River.

On the mornings of Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22, 2023, Police officers accompanied employees of Croatian Forests (Hrvatske Šume d.o.o.) came from Croatia into Gornja Siga, also known as Liberland, and demolished the homes and confiscated property of the persons living there. 

Your personnel did so without prior notice and gave no justification for their actions. Croatian police threatened these peaceful people with arrest if they interfered and some were arrested on vague catch-all charges. 

Your mistreatment of these people and especially of non-Schengen and non-E.U. citizens makes Croatia seem like a very unfriendly place for visitors. Many visitors in the last two months both in Croatia and the Gornja Siga area have been harassed, detained, arrested or banned from Croatia. In some cases they were banned from the E.U. and EEA. These people committed no crime other than wishing to visit the area. These are not illegal migrants and are not attempting to enter Croatia or the E.U. from the outside. They did not cross the border of Croatia or any other country illegally. 

Scaring away tourists, mistreating people in Gornja Siga and taking their property, depriving them of their right to travel and refusing peaceful dialogue does not lend a favorable image to Croatia in the eyes of the world. 

These people spend considerable money in the local economy in Osijek-Baranja County and this can only grow as more interested people come to visit. This project aims to be one of the biggest opportunities that Croatia has to bring investment, jobs and tourism to a region that has been suffering economically for some time. With your cooperation instead of hostility, these opportunities can be developed together.

I urge you to relay to your government the folly of its recent actions and implore you to find peaceful solutions to this conflict. These people should be able to visit and live in the area without harassment or arrest. I hope that Croatia will follow the rule of law and take seriously its international obligations with regards to human rights as a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). 

Your Excellency, I would appreciate your point of view on this matter and that you intend to relay my concerns to your government in Zagreb. Thank you for your attention and consideration. 

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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SAMPLE LETTER 2:

Embassy of the Republic of Croatia

Your Excellency:

I hope this email finds you in good health. I’m reaching out to share my concerns about recent incidents involving citizens of Liberland and Croatian law enforcement.

I’ve come across reports detailing the extraterritorial arrests and confiscation of personal property by the Croatian police in areas linked to Liberland (https://total-croatia-news.com/news/politics/croatia-destroys-and-removes-liberland-house-letter-of-protest-to-foreign-ministry/, https://liberlandpress.com/2023/09/22/brutal-croatian-invades-liberland-destroys-houses/). As someone with a deep connection to Liberland, these reports are concerning.

It has been documented that structures built by Liberland citizens in Gornja Siga, an area outside Croatian jurisdiction, were recently demolished. Additionally, there have been instances where journalists, essential pillars of transparency and accountability in any democracy, faced challenges from Croatian authorities when reporting in Liberland (https://youtu.be/Jb8T9X5K1AA).

I understand that border disputes and territorial claims can be complex, and I respect Croatia’s sovereignty and its right to enforce its laws within its own territory. However, I humbly request that the Croatian government reevaluate its approach to this matter, ensuring that human rights and freedoms are upheld, and that Liberlandians are allowed freedom to travel to, and peacefully live within, Gornja Siga.

Liberland, as a growing and peaceful nation, can bring positive economic contributions to the region. I believe that a harmonious relationship between Croatia and Liberland will be beneficial for both nations.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I am hopeful for a future where mutual respect and understanding reign supreme between our nations.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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EJEMPLO EN ESPAÑOL:

Embajada de la República de Croacia

Su excelencia:

Le escribo para protestar por el trato que Croacia da a las personas que viven en Gornja Siga, el territorio situado fuera de Croacia situado en la margen derecha del río Danubio.

En la mañana del jueves 21 y viernes 22 de septiembre de 2023, agentes de policía acompañaron a empleados de Bosques Croatas (Hrvatske Šume doo) que llegaron desde Croacia a Gornja Siga, también conocida como Liberland, y demolieron las casas y confiscaron bienes de las personas. vivir aquí. 

Su personal lo hizo sin previo aviso y no dio justificación de sus acciones. La policía croata amenazó a estas personas pacíficas con arrestarlas si interferían y algunas fueron arrestadas bajo cargos vagos y generales. 

El maltrato que ustedes dan a estas personas y especialmente a los ciudadanos que no pertenecen a Schengen ni a la UE hace que Croacia parezca un lugar muy hostil para los visitantes. En los últimos dos meses, muchos visitantes tanto en Croacia como en la zona de Gornja Siga han sido acosados, detenidos, arrestados o expulsados de Croacia. En algunos casos fueron prohibidos en la UE y el EEE. Estas personas no cometieron ningún delito más que desear visitar la zona. No se trata de inmigrantes ilegales y no intentan entrar en Croacia ni en la UE desde el exterior. No cruzaron ilegalmente la frontera de Croacia ni de ningún otro país. 

Ahuyentar a los turistas, maltratar a la gente en Gornja Siga y quitarles sus propiedades, privarlos de su derecho a viajar y negarles el diálogo pacífico no da una imagen favorable de Croacia ante los ojos del mundo. 

Estas personas gastan una cantidad considerable de dinero en la economía local del condado de Osijek-Baranja y esto sólo puede crecer a medida que más personas interesadas vengan a visitarnos. Este proyecto pretende ser una de las mayores oportunidades que tiene Croacia para traer inversión, empleo y turismo a una región que sufre económicamente desde hace algún tiempo. Con su cooperación en lugar de hostilidad, estas oportunidades se pueden desarrollar juntos.

Adicionalmente, sería muy importante que consideraran que la idea de Liberland, representa un enorme potencial económico tanto para Croacia como para Serbia, además de la oportunidad que tenemos todas las personas serias alrededor del mundo, de poder desarrollarnos en una naciòn realmente libre y competitiva, muy distinta a los países donde nacimos, los cuales están llenos de tanta burocracia y corrupciòn, imposibilitando que logremos alcanzar nuestros sueños de crecimiento y así aportar nuestro talento y granito de arena al mundo desde Liberland, incluyendo la posibilidad de ayudar a los pueblos croatas cercanos a Liberland.

Le insto a que informe a su gobierno de la locura de sus recientes acciones y le imploro que encuentre soluciones pacíficas a este conflicto. Estas personas deberían poder visitar y vivir en la zona sin acoso ni arresto. Espero que Croacia respete el Estado de derecho y se tome en serio sus obligaciones internacionales en materia de derechos humanos como Estado parte del Pacto Internacional de Derechos Civiles y Políticos (PIDCP). 

Excelencia, agradecería su punto de vista sobre este asunto y que tenga la intención de transmitir mis preocupaciones a su gobierno en Zagreb. Gracias por su atención y consideración. 

Atentamente,

[Nombre]

MUSTERBRIEF AUF DEUTSCH:

Botschaft der Republik Kroatien
[Adresse]

Seine/Ihre Exzellenz:

Ich schreibe Ihnen, um hiermit gegen die Behandlung Kroatiens von Menschen, die in Gornja Siga leben, zu protestieren. Letzteres ist ein Gebiet außerhalb Kroatiens am rechten Flussufer von Kroatien.

Am Donnerstag, 21. September, und Freitag, 22. September 2023, von der Polizei begleitete Angestellte der kroatischen Forstverwaltung (Hrvatske Šume d.o.o.) kamen von Kroatien nach Gornja Siga, auch bekannt als Liberland, zerstörten Hütten und konfiszierten persönliche Gegenstände der dort lebenden Personen.  

Ihre Angestellten taten dies ohne Vorwarnung und Begründung für ihre Aktionen. Die kroatische Polizei bedrohte die friedlichen Personen mit Verhaftung, sollten diese einschreiten, und verhaftete einige aufgrund von vagen und allgemeinen Anschuldigungen.

Ihre Misshandlungen, vor allem von Nicht-Schengen und Nicht-EU Bürgern, lässt Kroatien als sehr unfreundlicher Ort für Besucher erscheinen. In den letzten zwei Monaten wurden viele Besucher in Kroatien und Gornja Siga belästigt, in Gewahrsam genommen, verhaftet oder aus Kroatien verwiesen. In gewissen Fällen wurden sie aus der EU und dem EWR verwiesen. Diese Leute begingen keine Vergehen, außer dass sie die Gegend besuchen wollten. Diese sind keine illegalen Migranten und versuchen auch nicht, Kroatien oder die EU von außerhalb zu betreten. Sie haben weder die Grenze von Kroatien oder eines anderen Landes illegal übertreten. 

Touristen zu verjagen, Menschen in Gornja Siga zu misshandeln und ihren Besitz zu beschlagnahmen, ihnen das Recht auf Bewegungsfreiheit zu nehmen und ihnen einen friedlichen Dialog zu verweigern, ergibt kein gutes Bild von Kroatien im Rest der Welt. 

Diese Leute geben beträchtliche Summen in der Gespanschaft Osijek-Baranja aus, was noch zunehmen wird, wenn mehr Interessierte die Gegend besuchen. Das Projekt Liberland will eine der größten Gelegenheiten für Kroatien sein, um Investitionen, Jobs und Tourismus in eine Region zu bringen, die wirtschaftlich seit einiger Zeit leidet. Mit Ihrer Kooperation statt Feindseligkeit können wir diese Möglichkeiten zusammen entwickeln.

Ich bitte Sie dringend, Ihrer Regierung den Wahnsinn ihrer Aktionen klarzumachen und eine friedliche Lösung in diesem Konflikt zu finden. Diese Leute sollten die Möglichkeit haben, dieses Gebiet zu besuchen und dort zu wohnen, ohne belästigt oder verhaftet zu werden. Ich hoffe, Kroatien befolgt die Gesetze und nimmt ihre Verpflichtungen gegenüber den Menschenrechten als Unterzeichner des internationalen Pakts über bürgerliche und politische Rechte (ICCPR) ernst.  

Seine/Ihre Exzellenz, ich würde Ihren Standpunkt bezüglich dieser Vorfälle schätzen, und dass Sie meine Anliegen der Regierung in Zagreb weiterleiten. Besten Dank für Ihre Aufmerksamkeit und dafür, meine Anfrage in Erwägung zu ziehen.

Freundliche Grüsse,

[Name]

For more information on what occurred, please see this video as well as the following links.

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Dnevnik report in Croatian (use Google Translate if you don’t speak Serbo-Croatian):
VIDEO Hrvatska policija upala u Liberland: “Došli su bez upozorenja. Uništili su nam kuće, vrijeđali nas i uhitili”
Hrvatska policija upala je u četvrtak u Liberland, gdje je došla u pratnji ekipe za rušenje.
https://dnevnik.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/video-hrvatska-policija-upala-u-liberland-unistene-su-kuce-vise-ljudi-uhiceno—803895.html

Total Croatia News coverage:
Croatian Police Cross Schengen Border, Liberland Settlement Dismantled
https://total-croatia-news.com/news/politics/croatian-police-liberland/

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