Highlights of the Week Ending Sunday, 2 March 2014

Our weekly summary provides a rundown of notable events to date as well as links to articles published in English over the past week from across the blogosphere.

Some notable events, collected from various sources:

So far (since protests began the week of February 3), the following cities and towns have held rallies, protest walks, sit-ins, and/or citizens’ plenums (may not be all-inclusive): Banja Luka, Bihać, Brčko, Bugojno, Cazin, Donji Vakuf, Fojnica, Goražde, Konjic, Maglaj, Mostar, Orašje, Prijedor, Sarajevo, Tešanj, Travnik, Tuzla, Zavidovići, Zenica. Citizens of eight of the ten cantons in the Federation entity have formed representative plenums, as have citizens of the Brčko district. (Compiled from various sources.)

The High Representative of the International Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko, met with members of the council of the Plenum of Citizens of the Zenica-Doboj Canton on Friday 28 February. He intends to visit all cantons and plenums to get a better sense of their demands and plans. The meeting was not open to the media. (Source: http://bhplenum.info/u-zenici-odrzan-sastanak-valentina-incka-sa-vijecem-plenuma)

On Friday 28 February, approximately 2,000 people participated in a protest march in Banja Luka. It was organized by veterans of the Republika Srpska army, but many other citizens participated. The demonstrators announced ten demands directed at the entity’s heads of state and parliament. Demands encompassed improving social conditions, stemming government corruption, and reviewing the privatization process. (Source: http://balkans.aljazeera.net/vijesti/banja-luka-protestna-setnja-boraca-i-gradana)

On Sunday afternoon (2 March) Sarajevo police opened to traffic a street that protesters were still occupying — without first notifying them. A protester was subsequently hit by a car and sustained light injuries. (Source: http://plenumsa.org/mup-ks-svim-silama-nastoji-da-prekine-gradanski-bunt-i-pod-cijenu-izazivanja-opce-opasnosti/)

Running list of accomplishments, from the “Rezultati” sidebar of www.bhplenum.info:

“Fallen” governments:

  • Tuzla Canton
  • Una-Sana Canton
  • Sarajevo Canton
  • Zenica-Doboj Canton

Resignations:

  • Chief Executive of the Tuzla Canton, Sead Čaušević
  • Chief Executive of the Zenica-Doboj Canton, Munib Husejnagić
  • Chief Executive of the Sarajevo Canton, Suad Željković
  • President of the Assembly of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Ramiz Jelovac

Other demands met:

  • The Tuzla Canton Assembly abolished the practice of “golden parachutes” (one year of salary paid to former assembly representatives and government officials)
  • The Sarajevo Canton Assembly accepted the demands of the Plenum of Citizens of Sarajevo
  • The Municipal Council of Cazin adopted all of the demands of the Plenum of Citizens of Cazin
  • The Assembly of the Bosnian-Podrinje Canton Goražde abolished the practice of “golden parachutes” and reduced the salaries of the assembly representatives and members of goverment
  • Representatives in the Sarajevo Cantonal Assembly reduced their own salaries by 20 percent

Upcoming special plenum events and demonstrations in Bosnia:

Information coming soon. This section will list events beyond the scope of daily and weekly meetings and demonstrations, such as the Dubioza Kolektiv appearance at the demonstration in Mostar last Friday. (Although that might not have been planned!)

Plenum sites with English translations:

Sarajevo: http://plenumsa.org/rubrika/more-languages/

We’ll be adding sites under the heading “Plenum Sites in English,” which is located in the right-hand column of every page.

Further reading — analysis and opinion published in the English-speaking press last week (and going back to the beginning of the protests, seeing as this is the first such post):

After 22 years of being bullied, Bosnians are desperate and must protest by Damir Arsenijević, 28 February 2014

The Bosnian Spring: The citizens take action by Jørn Holm-Hansen, 26 February 2014

Tell No Lies, Claim No Easy Victories”: Lessons of Revolutionary Struggles for Bosnia and Beyond (Part 2) by Marina Antić, 26 February 2014

Bosnia Needs the Right Strategy for Change by Raluca Raduta, 25 February 2014

Stray Dogs and Stateless Babies by Aleksandar Hemon and Jasmin Mujanović, 21 February 2014

Bosnia’s Conditional Democracy by Edin Hajdarpašić, 19 February 2014

Sometimes a Plenum is Just a Plenum: The Role of Intellectuals in Media Coverage of Bosnian Protests (Part 1) by Marina Antić, 19 February 2014

Not making sense of the Bosnian protests: International reporting by Florian Bieber, 15 February 2014

Is change coming (finally)? Thoughts on the Bosnian protests by Florian Bieber, 9 February 2014

On protests in BH, quickly and darkly by Eric Gordy, 8 February 2014

We’ve added a set of links to blogs that consistently publish English-language articles about Bosnia under the heading “Comments and Analysis,” which is located in the right-hand column of every page.

Get involved:

March 9, London: Solidarity with protests in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Facebook event page)

Bosnia Solidarity Committee (Facebook campaign page, ongoing)

We’re hoping to make this a regular feature, to be published every Monday. Add any articles or events we missed and give us a heads up about upcoming events in the comments! Or tweet your event to @BHProtestFiles.

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