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In support of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina

A voice of encouragement to the protesting citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Over the past few weeks the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina have been rallying against their municipal, cantonal, and federal governments. These protests were sparked by the decades of economic stagnation, social inequality, endemic corruption, domination of particracy, impotence of state institutions, and an ever greater distancing of the small ruling kleptocracy from the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Much like the Ukrainians at the EuroMaidan, the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina rose up against their corrupt officials and demanded bread, political agency, and freedom. They have realized that one does not apply for freedom, but fights for it. It is particularly encouraging to see that the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina have started dismantling false deities of national unifications that kept them apart and imprisoned for decades.

The citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina show on a daily bases that their protests transcend national, ethnic, and religious fault lines, while the corrupt political class tries to intimidate them back into submission by raising the spectre of national and ethnic divisions.

We believe the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina rebelling against the bureaucracy of a failed state whose only mechanism of survival is endemic corruption deserve our respect and support. We are happy to extend both in hope that our voices might help them stay the course.

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Dr. Srdja Pavlović, University of Alberta; Dr. Wolfgang Petritsch, Harvard University; Prof. Charles Ingrao, Purdue University;  Tatjana Alvadj, University of Alberta; Darka Pavlović, Athabasca University;  Prof. Tom Priestly, University of Alberta, Emeritus;  Goran Simić; Prof. E. D. Blodgett, FRCS, University of Alberta, Emeritus;  Dr. Hariz Halilovich, Monash University; Prof. Ron Adams, Victoria University; Dubravka Babić; Dr. Peter Phipps, RMIT University;  Vladimir Štaka; Mr. Adis Fejzić, Griffith University;  Irena Blodgett; Dr. James E. Waller, Keen State College;  Dr. Wladimir Fischer, University of Vienna; Bojan Korenić, MawEwan University; Chrystia Chomiak; Dr. Kenneth Morisson, De Montforth University; Dr. Tomislav Longinović, University of Madison, Wisconsin; Dr. Natalia Pylypiuk, University of Alberta; Andrej Korenić, Dr. Azra Hromadžić, Syracuse University   

About the author

Dr. Srdja Pavlovic teaches modern European and Balkan history at the University of Alberta. He is the Research Associate of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies (U of A) and the author of Balkan Anschluss (Purdue Univ. Press, 2008). His upcoming book is entitled It Could Have Been Spring: Case Studies of Active Citizenship and Direct Democracy.


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