In Support of the Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina

This statement of international support comes from Dr. Srdja Pavlović, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta, and some two dozen of his colleagues in Canada, the United States, the U.K., Austria, Australia, and BiH. An untranslated version is also presented below.

In Support of the 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 basis 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, Keene State College; Dr. Wladimir Fischer, University of Vienna; Bojan Korenić, MacEwan University; Chrystia Chomiak; Dr. Kenneth Morisson, De Montfort University; Dr. Tomislav Longinović, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Dr. Natalia Pylypiuk, University of Alberta; Andrej Korenić; Dr. Azra Hromadžić, Syracuse University

Podrška Gradjanima Bosne i Hercegovine

Tokom proteklih nedjelja gradjani Bosne i Hecegovine su započeli proteste protiv opštinskih, kantonalnih i federalnih vlada. Ovi protesti su nastali kao posljedica decenijama duge ekonomske stagnacije, socijalne nejednakosti, endemske korupcije, dominacije partitokratije, impotencije kantonalnih i federalnih institucija, i sve većeg distanciranja relativno malobrojne vladajuće kleptokraitje od gradjana Bosne i Hercegovine.

Poput ukrajinaca na Euro Majdanu, gradjani Bosne i Hercegovine su ustali protiv korumpiranih zvaničnika i zahtijevaju hljeb, veći politički upliv i slobodu. Uvidjeli su da se za osvajanje slobode ne piše molba, već da se za nju bori. Od posebne važnosti je činjenica da su gradjani Bosne i Hercegovine započeli dekonstruisanje lažnih božanstava nacionalnih ujedinjenja, koja su ih decenijama razdvajala i držala uzapćene u etničkim i nacionalnim zabranima.

Svakog dana, gradjani Bosne i Hercegovine pokazuju da njihovi protesti prevazilaze nacionalne, etničke i vjerske linije razdvajanja, dok korumpirana politička klasa nastoji da ih uplaši i primora na poslušnost pričom o opasnostima nacionalnih i etničkih podjela.

Mi vjerujemo da gradjani Bosne i Hercegovine koji se bune protiv biroktratije propale države, čiji je jedini mehanizam opstanka endemska korupcija, zaslužuju naše poštovanje i podršku. Sa zadovoljstvom nudimo oboje, u nadi da će im naši glasovi pomoći da ostanu na putu neophodnih promjena.

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Dr. Srdja Pavlović, Univerzitet Alberte; Dr. Wolfgang Petritsch, Harvard Univerzitet; Prof. Charles Ingrao, Purdue Univerzitet;  Tatjana Alvadj, Univerzitet Alberte; Darka Pavlović, Athabasca Univerzitet;  Prof. Tom Priestly, Univerzitet Alberte;  Goran Simić; Prof. E. D. Blodgett, Univerzitet Alberte;  Dr. Hariz Halilovich, Monash Univezitet; Prof. Ron Adams, Viktoria Univerzitet; Dubravka Babić; Dr. Peter Phipps, RMIT Univerzitet;  Vladimir Štaka; Mr. Adis Fejzić, Griffith Univerzitet;  Irena Blodgett; Dr. James E. Waller, Keene State College;  Dr. Wladimir Fischer, Univerzitet u Becu; Bojan Korenić, MacEwan Univerzitet; Chrystia Chomiak; Dr. Kenneth Morisson, De Montfort Univerzitet; Dr. Tomislav Longinović, Univerzitet u Wisconsinu, Madison; Dr. Natalia Pylypiuk, Univerziet Alberte; Andrej Korenić; Dr. Azra Hromadžić, Syracuse Univerzitet

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