"Enough lies!" This Bosnian Village Has Banned All Politicians

Submitted by: daegog 3 months ago in News & Politics


I think they are on to something.

An excerpt from Agence France Press: As politicians embark on their final days of campaigning for Bosnian elections on Sunday, there is one small corner of the country where they cannot pass: Podgora, a poor hamlet fed up with the government's broken promises.

"You've been lying to us for years. No party is welcome in Podgora," reads a white banner strung across the main square of the 700-person village, which lies some 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the capital Sarajevo.

Sunday's general elections will fill Bosnia's highest political offices, from a three-person presidency down to district assemblies.

But few are expecting significant change in a nation that has been paralysed for decades, in part because of unresolved conflicts dating back to the ethnic conflicts that engulfed Bosnia in the 1990s.

The war killed 100,000 and split the country into two largely autonomous regions linked by a weak central government.

Like huge swathes of the population, the people of Podgora are disillusioned by a political class known chiefly for corruption and dysfunction.

"Enough lies!" Adi Silajdzic, 47, told AFP when asked why he supported the village's politician blockade.

"We're fed up that every time they come they tell us stories and make promises to ensure votes."

"And every time, on the day after the elections, it is as if nothing had happened, as if they did not even come to see us," said the unemployed father.
There are 5 comments:
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Yeah I can see that working in a small village of less than a thousand people unfortunately it won't upscale very well
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Male 18,342
Pitchforks and torches might make the point more effectively.  
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Male 5,892
I found the location where I will be retiring.
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wouldn't that be great.  But then all the surplus lawyers would have to get real jobs.
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Male 5,344
Awesome, I love me some Bosnians. 
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