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32264Bosnia Hit by Third Day of Protest Unrest Over Economic Hardships

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  • Cort Greene
    Feb 7, 2014

      Thousands turn out for workers' anti-government protests in Bosnia http://youtu.be/stijQapuVUI  http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/06/thousands-turn-out-for-second-day-of-anti-government-protests-in-bosnia/  Tuzla


      Live coverage on #Tuzla #protests: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/dissatisfaction-protests-spread-across-bosnia  #bosnia #bosnianuprisinglatest news from Tuzla, Bosnia; riot police threw down their riot shields / la policĂ­a tira sus escudos en Tuzla, Bosnia


      The prime minister of #Tuzla canton has resigned, state television reports. #BiH #protest



      workers' protests in Tuzla (Bosnia) against privatisation rip off http://youtu.be/Y2pPt82BPrE  class struggle coming back 20 years after

      RT@OccupyLjubljana Map of the announced protests in #Bosnia and #Herzegovina right now pic.twitter.com/yHWIN6aFlc

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      Demonstrators in #Tuzla now in big numbers in front of the local court building. #Bosnia pic.twitter.com/LPZPCOqmMU



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      Bosnia Hit by Third Day of Protest Unrest

      Clashes erupted as protesters took to the streets across Bosnia for a third day and set fire to government buildings amid demonstrations sparked by anger over economic hardship.

      http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/dissatisfaction-protests-spread-across-bosnia


      Vedran Jahic, Elvira M. Jukic
       
      BIRN
       Tuzla, Sarajevo

      Unrest spread across Bosnia on Friday as thousands of people rallied for a third consecutive day, clashing with police and setting fire to government buildings in the northern industrial town of Tuzla and the capital Sarajevo.

      Clouds of dark smoke rose over the burning cantonal government building in Tuzla after around 7,000 protesters forced back hundreds of riot police in the town which has become the focus of public unrest over Bosnia’s dire economic situation and high unemployment.

      Smoke also drifted over central Sarajevo after the cantonal government building in the capital was set on fire when thousands of demonstrators confronted riot police, some of them throwing stones and firecrackers and chanting: “We want change!”

      After some protesters attempted to seize the building, police reportedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets as running battles broke out in the city centre and several cars were torched. Stone-throwing protesters also tried to break into the presidency building but were held back by police using water cannon. The Sarajevo Clinical Centre said that at least 40 people had been injured.

      Bosnian media also reported that protesters in the central Bosnian town of Zenica had forced their way through a police cordon and set fire to a local government building, while smaller demonstrations were held in Banja Luka and Bihac.

      More than 200 people had already been injured since the protests began in Tuzla on Wednesday.

      The rallies were initially led by workers angry about factories that closed after failed privatisations, but demonstrators on Friday also called for the government to resign.

      “Every one of you has their own problem with these authorities,” one protester in Sarajevo shouted through a megaphone.

      “I have been on the unemployment register for seven or eight years now. I want to work but cannot get a job because I am not politically connected. That is why I want to see changes,” a 30-year-old protester in Tuzla, who gave his name as Nusret, told BIRN.

      Bosnia's Federation entity Prime Minister Nermin Niksic held an emergency government meeting late Thursday and called for an end to the violence.

      “Everyone has the right to gather publicly and peacefully express their dissatisfaction, but no one has the right to violent behaviour, endangering security and destroying property,” Niksic said.

      The first day of protests on Wednesday was led by several hundred workers from large industrial companies in Tuzla which collapsed after they were privatised.

      But the protests have since turned into a more general expression of discontent about tough economic conditions across the country, where the official unemployment rate is 27.5 per cent.

      Tuzla hospital said that 140 policemen and 40 civilians were injured in Thursday’s second day of unrest in the town, where protesters clashed with police who fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse demonstrators throwing stones and eggs at the cantonal government building.

      Adis Nisic, spokesperson for Tuzla hospital, said that the total number of injured had exceeded 200 in the two days of protests, after 30 were injured on Wednesday.

      Tuzla Canton interior ministry said that a total of 20 people were arrested on Thursday but all were released after being questioned.

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