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More than 150 people were wounded in Bosnia on Friday in the worst civil unrest in the country since the 1992-95 war as anger over the dire state of the economy and political inertia boiled over.
Angry protesters set fire to part of the presidential palace in Sarajevo in protests over unemployment and corruption, as well as government buildings in the capital Sarajevo, Tuzla and Zenica.
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Local media said police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters in Sarajevo, where demonstrators stormed two government buildings including a presidential office, setting them ablaze and smashing furniture. The palace fires were promptly put out but almost all the windows were broken.
In protests being called the Bosnian Spring for the sheer depth of their intensity, unemployed youths, war veterans and disgruntled workers, among others, set fire to government buildings in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital, and across the country.
Hundreds protesting the country's rampant unemployment, which has nearly reached 40 percent, gathered in Sarajevo and several other cities on Saturday. Stones were thrown at the home of the head of the cantonal government in the north-western city of Bihac, but the gatherings were otherwise peaceful.
It came as a marked change from Friday, when at least 200 were injured and protesters stormed a number of government buildings across several cities, with some of them set on fire. In Sarajevo, Bosnia's presidency building and the national archive were set alight. In Tuzla, where the protests began on Wednesday, the regional parliament was torched.
Calm had returned somewhat on Saturday, with citizens in Tuzla returning to the street to sweep up rubble and broken glass from the riots. Despite the resignation of the local government in the industrial city, however, the protesters are set to stick to their cause.