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26 déc. 2018 | 16h02 UTC

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Protest planned in Banja Luka despite ban December 26

Bosnia and Herzegovina Alerte de sécurité

Demonstration planned in Banja Luka for December 26 despite ban; associated protests possible nationwide

TIMEFRAME expected from 26/12/2018, 12h00 until 28/12/2018, 11h59 (Europe/Sarajevo). COUNTRY/REGION Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Event

The "Justice of David" movement has announced a demonstration in Banja Luka from 18:00 (local time) on Wednesday, December 26, to protest the investigation of the unexplained death of David Dragicevic and government corruption. On Tuesday, December 25, police briefly detained protest organizers, including David's father and opposition party leaders following a scuffle with authorities during an unauthorized protest; officials subsequently banned any further demonstrations. Associated demonstrations are possible in Sarajevo and other Bosnian cities, particularly in the Republic of Srpska region. Heightened security measures are likely in Banja Luka and clashes between police and protesters cannot be ruled out.

Context

The so-called "Justice for David" movement has garnered support nationwide due to perceived widespread government corruption. Police reportedly completed the investigation of 21-year old David Dragicevic's death without charges, concluding no foul-play, despite claims from his family that he was tortured and murdered.

Advice

Individuals in Bosnia-Herzegovina, particularly those in Banja Luka, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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