What do you think of recent protests? Do they change anything?

Danka Ivanovic, Rudo

As a person that spent her childhood in a time of war and as someone who lives on the border with Croatia, I know very well what it means to feel powerless to do something for yourself, due to some people “on the top” or “above”, or because of the immense and often unnecessary paperwork. Although these things can lead us into a state of helplessness, we can willingly, and by acting especially by mass, joint actions help change the world around us. I believe that any form of protest, with clear aims and with larger response, can have substantial results. I have the impression that the problem that has emerged regarding the Single Reference Number has, on one side divided the public, but on the other, however, united a large number of people with the same goal and message. Any form of reasonable rebellion makes me happy. Thus, people are showing that they will not allow someone to “tailor” their destiny, and are willing to demand their basic human and civil rights.

Vesna Kisic, Bugojno

The current events in BiH can be compared at least with the “science fiction”. While politicians elsewhere in the world are working on issues of their countries and lead countries to progress and prosperity, ours enjoy more than 20 years of a pleasant life and only work for their interests through bribery, corruption, obtaining huge salaries and other benefits while robbing the poor and suffering people of this country. Therefore, these people are forced to strike, are forced to protest to fight for the most trivial issues such as Single Reference Number, social security, health care contributions and pension insurance and other existential issues.
Being an optimist in this situation, it is like staying in the desert with a “mirage” I front of you. I hope that people will persist for the sake of their children and change current politicians, who were chosen by us, and that some young and more educated politicians will lead this country to a better future – of course to the EU, what is in my opinion the only viable option.

Jasmin Muharemovic, Visoko

I’ve been talking with my friends for days about this topic. This has become a significant fact and it suggests that the protests have taken on a dimension that is bigger than a simple gathering and expression of dissatisfaction or requests. Now people are asking questions, talking about this issue as they are now freer to speak publicly about politics. I believe that this whole story will serve, to some extent, to encourage and strengthen civil society and its actors which still exist insufficiently and are on the margins of society. So, some changes will happen. However, changes will not be significant. The essence of the problem in Bosnia and Herzegovina is not a lack of civil society but rather nationalism and ethno-nationalist divisions. In this context, the ratio of new forces, civil society, as opposed to ethno-national elites in this way may be slightly altered, but in any case not significantly and fundamentally amended.