The Bosnian Serb leader, a candidate for Sunday’s central presidency, is challenged after an unsolved murder.
Every night for six months, the same scene is repeated in the heart of Banja Luka. Davor Dragicevic asks for “justice” for his son, David, who died last March in mysterious conditions. In the center of the capital of the Bosnian Serbs, this 49-year-old man commits a lèse-majesté crime still unimaginable a few months ago in this territory under the cross since 2010 of an ultranationalist and provocative president, Milorad Dodik.
“To all the killers of the SNSD [the party of Mr. Dodik], your time is over,” he proclaimed in front of several hundred people gathered around an improvised memorial in memory of his son found dead in a river , at 21 years old.
Then, he slaps his foot violently and spits on the portrait of several executives of power, on one of the hip-hop songs in which David Dragicevic described as “ghetto” the capital of Republika Srpska (the Serbian Republic of Bosnia), the one of the two entities that constitutes Bosnia and Herzegovina, alongside the Bosnian-Croat Federation. The mobilization “Pravda za Davida” (“justice for David”) parasitizes the campaign of the Bosnian Serb strong man for the elections of Sunday, October 7th.
Milorad Dodik was hoping so far to pass quietly from Banja Luka, where he had reached the limit of two terms in Sarajevo, seat of the rotating tripartite presidency at the head of the country group, which includes a Serb, a Bosnian and a Croatian since the Dayton Accords, which ended the war in 1995, at the cost of installing a complex and largely corrupt political organization.
“Dodik will lose because he never wanted to solve the murder of my son”, now promises Davor Dragicevic, who does not call yet to vote for the opposition, from the tent where he settled twenty- four hours a day, a few days before the election. If he does not blame directly .