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glparramatta at greenleft.org.au glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Thu Feb 13 00:36:58 MST 2014

Bosnia’s magnificent uprising: Heralding a new era of class politics?

By Michael Karadjis

February 13, 2014 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal --
Beginning on February 5, mass protests led by workers and retrenched
former workers in the privatised factories, along with students and other
citizens, have rocked most major industrial cities in Bosnia, notably
Sarajevo, Tuzla, Zenica, Bihac and Mostar.

The state responded to the initial protests with arrests, tear gas and
other forms of repression. In many cases peaceful protests turned violent;
government buildings have been attacked, occupied, sometimes torched. Tens
of thousands of protesters have demanded nothing less than the complete
resignation of everyone at all levels of government from all parties,
which they see as equally responsible for the massive multi-decade theft
of people’s assets by the three wings of the nationalist oligarchy – Serb,
Croat and Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) – which have run Bosnia as their
fiefdom since being granted it in the US-engineered Dayton Accord that
ended the Bosnian war in 1995.

The main, if not only, form of theft that has sparked off the uprising is
called privatisation. Mass lay-offs, new owners stripping assets and
declaring formerly well-functioning state firms “bankrupt”, workers
cheated of retrenchment packages, workers still at work not getting paid
for months on end? Sound familiar? Some like to call it “illegal” or
“corrupt” privatisation, but for millions of workers around the world it
is just called privatisation, or better still, capitalism.

Full article at http://links.org.au/node/3708

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