Friday, February 7, 2014

Protesters in Bosnia Set Fire to Govt. Buildings; Unemployment Leads to Worst Riots Since 1995

Protesters in predominantly Islamist Bosnia have set fire to government buildings and fought with police on the third day of that nation's worst civil unrest since its 1992-95 war, the Euro News website reports today (February 7, 2014).

In Bosnia's northern town of Tuzla, masked youths -- many of them sporting football insignia -- stormed and torched the seat of the local authority, while a section of the presidency building in the capital Sarajevo was also set alight with a flare thrown through a window.

The protests have spread across the country. Police used water cannons as demonstrators who had already attacked local government headquarters in Sarajevo turned on the Bosnian presidency building.

Anger over massive unemployment and political inertia triggered the disturbances, starting in Tuzla, which has been hit hard by factory closures. Many protesters claim authorities have stood by idly as several state firms collapsed after privatization.

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