This post originally appeared on RadioSarajevo.ba (18 February 2014)
New protests will be organized on Saturday if the demands of demonstrators gathered today in Banja Luka aren’t met.
More than a thousand demobilized veterans of the previous war in the Republic of Srpska (RS) answered the call of the Association of RS Veterans (ARSV) to gather today in Banja Luka’s ‘Mladen Stojanović’ Park.
“These people took risks in the war and are taking risks in peace. I will do everything so that things get worse for them (referring to the government of the RS),” stated Duško Vukotić, the president of the ARSV, while addressing the protestors. He added that a “Serbian uprising against thievery and negligence” was beginning and called for peaceful demonstrations, according to Buka.com.
“If Pantelija Ćurguz doesn’t leave his current position, and if our demands aren’t fulfilled by Saturday, we will call on all poor people to come out with us into the streets. We’re still waiting for the relevant institutions to respond to us,” stated Vukotić.
In addition to the resignation of Ćurguz, the president of the Veterans Organization of the RS (VORS), the demobilized veterans also stated that they wanted to express their discontent with the overall socioeconomic situation of not only veterans but of all citizens in this Bosnia and Herzegovina entity.
Alongside cheers of “Ćurguz, leave,” protestors also demanded that RS institutions immediately begin working on resolving accumulated social problems.
The President of the AVRS, Vukotić, stated that while he is aware of the veterans’ anger, they should refrain from any march towards RS institutions, and recommended that they should express their dissatisfaction in a dignified manner.