Leader of civil movement arrested in Bosnia

The protest movement “Justice for David” demands an investigation into the murder of a young man. She blames the security forces for his death. The government is in trouble and is now cracking down on the police apparatus.

Police from the Republika Srpska (Serbian Republic) in Bosnia-Herzegovina have arrested the leader of a protest movement against the local government. Before that, Dragicevic was detained in Banja Luka on Tuesday to investigate suspected public security related crimes, the police said.

The detainee’s 21-year-old son, David Dragicevic, was found murdered on March 24 of this year. From the start, his father was convinced that the Republika Srpska security apparatus was responsible for his death. As a result, the protest movement “Justice for David” formed, which demands an investigation of the act. The government in Banja Luka has always denied that government agencies are behind it.

The demonstrations, some with thousands of participants, were increasingly directed against the political leadership under the then President of the Republic, Milorad Dodik, who today represents the Serbs in the Bosnian State Presidency. Dodik continues to exercise informal power in the Serbian half of the country.

According to media reports, the police also arrested opposition politician Drasko Stanivukovic and another activist from the protest movement on Tuesday. In addition, police officers removed an improvised monument to David in central Krajina Square in Banja Luka. Over the course of the afternoon and evening, hundreds of citizens gathered to request the release of the detainees. Special police units took up position.

The EU delegation to Bosnia expressed concern about the situation in Banja Luka. The Ministry of the Interior of the Republika Srpska asked for an explanation of the arrests of the opposition and activists.

Bosnia consists of two autonomous units, the Muslim-Croat Federation and the Republika Srpska.

Source: nzz

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