Nazi graffiti in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nazi graffiti in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Namaste, Ljubljana

Here’s one way to ruin an otherwise sunny lunch hour.

This was taken today on Trubarjeva street in the center of Ljubljana; Namaste is a Hindu greeting, a sign of welcome.

Neo-Nazi scrawls like this one which appeared over the past day or two aren’t new to Slovenia’s capital, though there has been a marked rise over the past year since Slovenia found itself briefly a part of the migrant route through the Balkans. Along with a new boldness in expressing those sentiments.

But none of the spray-painted swastikas that I’ve seen in my dozen years here have seemed quite this personal. If you see them, they’re more often scribbled on a random wall in an alley somewhere, an underground garage or walkway. Not so directly on something that represents an ‘otherness’, even one as welcoming as this.

For those wanting a little more scale and context:

Nazi graffiti in Ljubljana
Nazi graffiti in Ljubljana

 

Ljubljana, Slovenia, 15 Nov 2016

 

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