Brkan and the “Others” represent a threat to the “status quo,” which feeds a bloated public sector and the culture of political patronage that flows from it.
He says 20 percent of Bosnians consider themselves “Others,” a figure impossible to verify until the results of the census are announced in the middle of January.
However, the campaign has already angered nationalists.
“The reaction reveals their fear that the model they’ve been advocating for the past 25 years could fall apart,” said Osvit Seferovic, leader of the “Citizens Front — the Others” in the ethnically divided town of Mostar.
“The more ‘Others,’ the more normal Bosnia and Herzegovina will be,” he said. “In the census, it’s important to be anything but a Bosniak, Croat or Serb. It’s important to be normal.”