In tension, Bosnian Serbs celebrate illegal holidays

Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina (AP) — In Bosnia’s greatest political crisis since the end of the 1992-95 inter-ethnic war, the country’s Serve celebrated an illegal holiday on Sunday, with armored vehicles and police. We had a provocative parade to introduce law enforcement officers with helicopters and rifles, marching on rock steps and singing National Party songs.

Bosnian Serbian nationalist leader Milorad Dodik said last week that Washington was his corrupt activity, addressed to thousands of spectators in Banja Luka, the de facto capital of a Serbian-run country. He despised the sanctions he had slammed on him for the threat of tearing the country.

“This rally is the best response to those who deny our rights … those who continue to impose sanctions on us,” Dodik said.

“I prove to me that I have to listen to you. You chose me not to fulfill the wishes of the Americans, but to fulfill the wishes of the Serbs.” He added.

The January 9th holiday commemorates the date of 1992, when the Serbs of Bosnia declared their country to Bosnia, a devastating multi-ethnic country in the name of ethnic cleansing and genocide. I ignited a war that lasted nearly four years.

This holiday was banned by the Bosnian Supreme Court in 2015. The court ruled that the date of the religious holiday of the Orthodox Church of Serve discriminates against other ethnic groups in the country, the Bosniaks of Muslims and the Croats of Catholicism.

During the war, when 100,000 people died and half of the country’s population became refugees, Bosnian and Croat were persecuted and almost completely expelled from half of the Bosnia currently controlled by Serbs.

After the war, under the terms of the US-mediated Dayton Agreement, Bosnia was split into one controlled by two semi-autonomous governing bodies, the Republika Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Each part has its own government, parliament, and police, but the two are linked by agencies shared throughout the state, such as the judiciary, the military, security agencies, and tax authorities. All actions at the national level require consensus from all three ethnic groups.

For years, Dodik has advocated separating the Serbian ministates of Bosnia from other countries and making them part of neighboring Serbia.

This winter he promised to strengthen the separatist movement and form a monopoly on the Serbian army, justice and tax system. He described the Bosniaks as “second-class people” and “dangerous converts” who sold their “orthodox Christian faith” for dinner.

Last Sunday, as part of a holiday celebration, Serbian officials from Bosnia attended a Serbian Christian Orthodox ritual live on local television at a major church in the city, with special police forces parading. While marching, he sang a song about protecting the Orthodox Church with Christian Cross and “The Shining New Serbian Republic.”

The celebration of split vacations continues each year despite being outlawed by the Supreme Court and has been consistently criticized by the United States and the European Union.

However, the parade and other ceremonies on Sunday were attended by senior Serbian officials in the neighborhood, including Prime Minister Anna Brunavic and Speaker of Parliament Ibika Dachich. Bosnian Russian and Chinese diplomats. And some officials of the French Far Right National Coalition Party.

In recent months, stubborn pro-Moscow Dodik has been a “true friend” of the Serbian, a defender of non-liberal democracy in Russia, China, and the European Union, a “despot” of western democracy. He has repeatedly expressed his hope that it will function as a breakwater.