Open Letter of support for citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Prominent academics and intellectuals express their support for the Bosnian protests.

Bosnian protests erupted in early February [Reuters]
Bosnian protests erupted in early February [Reuters]
We, the undersigned, express our full support for the legitimate demands and justified outrage of citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Their cry for a decent life, true democracy, solidarity that knows no borders – be them ethnic, national or religious, social equality and justice – resonates throughout the world. In a similar fashion to the citizens of Tahrir, Zuccotti Park, Taksim or Syntagma, the Bosnian protestors showed a courage to go beyond all institutional obstacles and all limitations that governments around the world impose on their citizens and reclaimed their streets and squares.

The people of Bosnia-Herzegovina are standing against the system of exploitation, injustice and inequality that has been serving only and exclusively a tiny political, economic and financial elite.
One hundred years after the assassination of Franz Ferdinand when imperialist European leaders pushed their nations into a mutual destruction, Bosnia is sending a strong wake-up call to everyone. The world we live in is a world of divisions, expanding fascism, growing political and social apartheid, unrelenting capitalist destruction of both nature and common wealth of all.

The citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina have been experiencing all of that on an everyday level over the past 20 years. After the nationalist war between 1992 and 1995, in which 100,000 people lost their lives, the institutional peace settlement restored the capitalist system, destroyed the working and middle classes, and entrenched not only ethnic but also social divisions that have been successfully exploited by political elites. They said “enough” and we say “enough” with them.
We voice our support for their legitimate efforts to create a just and equal society in Bosnia-Herzegovina. We call upon all progressive political and social forces to stand with the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina in this decisive struggle for a better future for us all.
Tariq Ali, writer and social activist, UK
Gil Anidjar, scholar, University of Columbia, USA
Vladimir Arsenijevic, writer, Serbia
Etienne Balibar, professor emeritus, University Paris Ouest, France
Franco Berardi Bifo, philosopher, Italy
Alida Bremer, writer, Germany
Wendy Brown, political theorist, UC BUSA
Boris Buden, Univeristy of Weimar, Germany
Noam Chomsky, linguist and social activist, MIT, USA
Goran Fejic, writer, France
Karl-Markus Gauss, writer, Austria
Costas Douzinas, philosopher, Birkbeck, University of London,  UK
Dasa Drndic, writer, Croatia
Michael Hardt, philosopher, Duke University, USA
David Harvey, geographer, CUNY, USA
Aleksandar Hemon, writer, USA
Srecko Horvat, philosopher, Croatia
Sasa Ilic, writer, Serbia
Rada Ivekovic, philosopher, University St. Etienne, France
Mate Kapovic, linguist, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Naomi Klein, author and social activist, USA
Maurizio Lazzarato, philosopher, France
Christian Marazzi, economist, Switzerland
Antonio Negri, philosopher, Italy/France
Andrej Nikolaidis, writer, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Montenegro
Nigel Osborne, professor emeritus, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Costas Lapavitsas, economist, SOAS, UK
Renata Salecl, philosopher, Slovenia
Elke Schmitter, writer, Germany
Ingo Schulze, writer, Germany
Igor Stiks, University of Edinburgh, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Scotland/UK
Eric Toussaint, economist, CADTM, Belgium
Yanis Varoufakis, economist, University of Texas, USA
Jasmila Zbanic, film-director, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Slavoj Zizek, philosopher, Slovenia

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