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June 12, 2013

Unity in #JMBG protests

Bosnian ethnic groups come together to peacefully demonstrate in Sarajevo.

Bosnians gather on June 11, 2013 in front of government headquarters in Sarajevo. (AFP/ELVIS BARUKCIC)

What started with a small protest in front of parliament over a lack of citizen ID cards for newborns has sparked a larger movement across Bosnia-Herzegovina. Citizens are now calling for a change to corrupt politics.
In ongoing protests, thousands marched the streets demanding official documents be issued for babies who have had to go without passports and health insurance cards because of a political stalemate. Bosniak, Croat and Serb lawmakers cannot agree on the territorial regions that would issue the numbers, a problem dating back to the 1992-95 Bosnian War.
More people continue to join the protests as it enters a seventh day, including university students, who are asking for lowered tuition and better facilities.