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:
Ljubljana, Slovenia, 15 Nov 2016