Namaste, Ljubljana

Nazi graffiti in Ljubljana, Slovenia

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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  1. Manja Mexi Movie says

    Oh man. There is one on the local school, has been for at least 3.5 years. I keep passing, watching it and doing nothing about it, even though I’ve already learnt how to transform it into a 4-leaf clover. But this one is a particular bummer. 🙁

    1. Bob R says

      3.5 years? That’s interesting in that I sometimes wonder why some scribbles and graffiti have remained on buildings here for several years. On a school though for that long? That’s crazy.

      1. Manja Mexi Movie says

        But this is Italy. I’ll link here to my post with it, if that’s okay. Somebody might see it so that I don’t need to paint it over.

        https://manjameximovie.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/theres-no-cure/

  2. Mick Canning says

    It is deeply worrying.

  3. Kiri says

    Sad and disturbing

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