- The Serbs in Republika Srpska have massively in a referendum the opinion of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina ignored.
The authorities made known Sunday in Banja Luka that the turnout for the referendum was unprecedented. The inhabitants chose, counted 71 percent of the vote, almost unanimously for a national holiday on January 9th. On that day in 1992, the autonomous republic was proclaimed. That led to bloody riots in this deelvan the former Yugoslavia between Serbs, Croats and Muslims.
Bosnian court had declared the referendum unconstitutional and was categorically against the deliberate date. That would be offensive to Muslims and moreover already on the calendar as Orthodox Christian holiday. The United States and the EU fear that the violence by these provocative results again flares up in Bosnia.