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Protests turn violent in Bosnia

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 - 01:03

Feb. 6 - There is a second day of unrest in Tuzla over job losses and dozens are injured in Sarajevo as anger over political inertia and corruption spreads. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Dozens of people were injured on Thursday in a second day of anti-government protests in the Bosnian town of Tuzla, backed by smaller demonstrations in other towns over unemployment and political inertia. The protests reflect resentment over the ethnic politicking that has stifled governance and economic development since the 1992-95 war. A spokesman for the Tuzla police said protesters have started rioting, setting fire to bins and trashing nearby shop windows. Police have been given a strong reinforcement: a go-ahead to use force to stop the vandalism. Forty-five people, 30 of them police officers, were treated in hospital for minor injuries, hospital officials said. Of 27 people arrested overall on Wednesday, 24 were released. Protesters demanded the release of the others. Hundreds of people turned out in solidarity in the capital Sarajevo, the central town of Zenica and Bihac in the west. Teenagers threw eggs and stones at a government building and fought with police. Four officers were taken to hospital, officials said. At 27.5 percent, Bosnia's unemployment rate is the highest in the Balkans. Bickering political leaders, brought to power by a power-sharing system created under Bosnia's 1995 peace deal, are seen as offering few solutions.

Protests turn violent in Bosnia

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 - 01:03

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