Anti-government protests in Bosnia have stretched into a second week, with hundreds of people marching through Sarajevo’s streets to parliament on Monday.
Angry young parents besieged parliament, demanding lawmakers pass a law on national ID numbers, which citizens need to obtain passports and other documents.
The old law lapsed in February, leaving all babies born in the country since then without personal documents.
“This could mean the beginning of changes. We are not going to
make or change laws in the street, but this could be the start of
talks about implementing the laws and not just offering us some
temporary solutions,” said student Denis Hadzic, from Cazin.
“Twenty years after the war, Bosnia hasn’t moved one step forward,
but every day it goes further backwards,” said student Enesa Smajic who is from Travnik.
The protest began to express general dissatisfaction with the government, but the identity papers issue is an emotive one as some parents need to take their children abroad for vital medical treatment, and having no papers makes everything more complicated.