SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina – Tensions in the Serbian part of Bosnia increased after the police arrested the man on Tuesday whose search for the truth after the death of his son had triggered months of protests against the government. [19659002Diebosnian-SerbianPolicebaranBeforeDragicevicinhadbeenfailedafteranyhehasn'thearthofthemselvestheofficialsofDragicevicsweren'tinjuredinprinciplingthatthePoliceisinformed
Several other people were also arrested, including Dragicevic's former wife and some opposition politicians. Videos from the central square in Banja Luka, the capital of the Serbian mini-state in Bosnia, showed how police fiddled with citizens during arrests. The police said an officer was injured.
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Davor Dragicevic has accused top police officers of covering up his son's murder and protecting the killers, which the authorities deny. The demonstrations of his movement have attracted thousands of people and inspired citizens to protest also against official corruption and the bleak economic outlook in Bosnia.
Following the arrests, a special police force was stationed on Banja Luka Square and the authorities took in a monument to David Dragicevic. Bosnians have been lighting candles in the square for months and putting flowers around them.
Dozens of people gathered at the scene, some cried and shouted "Justice for David." They later began the construction of a new heart-shaped monument in the midst of occasional brawls with the police officers who had secured the place.
The European Union delegation in Bosnia said it was "deeply concerned" about the arrests and requested a statement from the Bosnian Serb police
"We are following developments in Banja Luka closely and calling on everyone to remain calm and to use force to refrain ", said the EU delegation and the EU Special Representative. "Today's turn of events in Banja Luka sends a negative and alarming signal about the state of the rule of law."
Local media reported that police wanted to question Dragicevic for allegedly "endangering security" this month during elections parliament of a new Bosnian Serb government.
The Bosnian Serb government is ruled by the governing coalition of the pro-Russian nationalist leader Milorad Dodik. The opposition Democratic Progress Party issued a statement accusing the government of "unseen repression" and called for the release of Dragicevic.
Bosnia remains tense after the 1992-1995 war, which left over 100,000 people dead and millions homeless. The country consists of a Bosnian Serb and a Muslim-Croat unit.