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'Baby-lution' Protest Continues In Sarajevo


Bosnians gathered in front of the parliament in Sarajevo on June 11 to protest the inaction of authorities.

Bosnians gathered in front of the parliament in Sarajevo on June 11 to protest the inaction of authorities.

Thousands of people have protested in Sarajevo against the failure of authorities to pass legislation that would allow newborns to get access to medical care and to receive passports.

Up to 10,000 people took part in the June 11 protest, demanding a new law be passed to provide newborns with national identity numbers needed to receive passports and other documents.

The rally was the largest of protests that have been going on for a week.

They were sparked by the case of a baby who had to wait to travel to Germany for a stem-cell transplant because authorities could not assign her an ID number.

Rather than a "revolution," the participants are calling the action a "baby-lution."

The protest has united usually rival ethnic groups in the effort to force lawmakers to resolve a legal loophole that has prevented the registration of babies born since February.


Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP
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