Bosnia Protests: 150 Injured As Demonstrators Set Fire To Presidential Palace

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posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 06:23 PM
Bosnia protests: 150 injured as demonstrators set fire to presidential palace

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.

Presidential Palace In Bosnia Set On Fire As Riots Break Out Protesting 40% Unemployment

Well it appears as though things are heating up in the region.

Anyone in this region know what is going on according to local reports or able to translate local media?

edit on 8-2-2014 by FriedBabelBroccoli because: 101

More links;

Bosnia-Hercegovina protests break out in violence

Protests Over Government and Economy Roil Bosnia

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.

I was completely unaware of what was going on here, this could be big.
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posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 07:01 PM
reply to post by FriedBabelBroccoli

First the Ukraine, now this? Jesus what next? Europe is starting to look like how it did in the 1920's and 1930's, slowly but surely...

posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 07:27 PM
reply to post by Davian

people have said for ages that the arab spring was just the start and it will spread.

posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 07:52 PM
I'm going to wager a bet that Europe's harder hit areas are starting to slowly galvanize. Greece, Ukraine, now Bosnia. I wish them luck, nothing comes of idle hands & minds (something Americans could stand to comprehend...)

I do wonder, however. How many countries in protest will be the final straw for the camel over there?

posted on Feb, 9 2014 @ 11:27 AM
So it appears the situation in Bosnia is cooling off since yesterday's firestorm.

Bosnia protests take peaceful turn after Friday's riots

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.

Many protestors seem to be pleased with their actions hoping they sent a message which will begin improving the situation.


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