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Bosnian Serbs to hold divisive 'national holiday'

This year's Republic Day marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Bosnian Serb-run entity Republika Srpska (RS) on January 9, 1992Serbs in Bosnia are set to hold a deeply divisive holiday on Monday, a date tied to the fragile nation’s brutal 1990s war and a sensitive issue for other ethnic groups. The date has huge emotional resonance in Bosnia, stirring memories of nationalist fervour, trauma and bloodshed. It commemorates the proclamation of a “Republic of Serb people” in Bosnia that took place three months before the inter-ethnic 1992-1995 conflict that claimed 100,000 lives.

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