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Violent anti-govt protests spread across Bosnia; protesters set buildings, cars ablaze

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Anti-government protesters stormed into the Bosnian presidency and another government building in Sarajevo and set them ablaze Friday as riot police fired tear gas in a desperate attempt to stop them. Smoke was rising from several Bosnian cities as thousands vented their fury over the Balkan nation's almost 40 per cent unemployment and its rampant corruption. It was the worst social unrest the country has seen since the 1992-95 war that killed over 100,000 people following Yugoslavia's dissolution.

Bosnia rocked by spreading anti-government unrest

By Dado Ruvic and Maja Zuvela TUZLA/SARAJEVO, Bosnia (Reuters) - Protesters across Bosnia set fire to government buildings and fought with riot police on Friday as long-simmering anger over lack of jobs and political inertia fuelled a third day of the worst civil unrest in Bosnia since a 1992-95 war. Protests remained largely contained to the Croat-Muslim Bosniak half of Bosnia but were gaining in intensity.

Over 150 hurt as Bosnia protesters clash with police

More than 150 people were wounded in Bosnia on Friday when protestors stormed government buildings and clashed with riot police as anger over the dire state of the economy boiled over. With unemployment at 44 percent and one in five people living below the poverty line, Bosnians have taken to the streets to protest the authorities' failure to address the economic situation.

Over 150 hurt as Bosnia protesters clash with police

More than 150 people were wounded in Bosnia on Friday when protestors stormed government buildings and clashed with riot police as anger over the dire state of the economy boiled over. With unemployment at 44 percent and one in five people living below the poverty line, Bosnians have taken to the streets to protest the authorities' failure to address the economic situation.

More than 150 injured in Bosnia protests

More than 150 people were wounded in clashes between police and protestors in Bosnia on Friday as anger over the country's struggling economy boiled over. Hospitals in Sarajevo said over 100 people had been injured during clashes there, while there were reports of 50 people wounded in the central town of Zenica and another 11 in the northeastern city of Tuzla. rus-an/cc

Police fire rubber bullets to disperse Bosnia protesters

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Police in Bosnia fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters in the capital Sarajevo on Friday, a Reuters reporter said, on the third day of unrest over unemployment and political inertia in the Balkan country. The protests began on Wednesday in the northern town of Tuzla, where workers took to the streets angry at the closure of factories sold off by the state. Protesters in Tuzla set fire to a local government building on Friday, a Reuters photographer said.

Bosnian protesters storm administrative seat in Tuzla

Protesters angry over Bosnia's devastated economy broke into a regional administration building in Tuzla, destroying furniture and throwing television sets through windows, an AFP reporter said. Hundreds of police officers that had guarded the building withdrew a hundred metres away and formed a new cordon around a nearby emergency health clinic. rus-cn/ks/rl

Bosnian protesters storm administrative seat in Tuzla

Protesters angry over Bosnia's devastated economy broke into a government building in northeastern Tuzla on Friday, destroying furniture and throwing television sets through windows. Some 100 hooded young men were seen storming the building with flames and thick smoke billowing from the first floor windows a short while later. Thousands of protesters cheered them on as they carried out their rampage and prevented two fire engines from reaching the building.

More than 130 hurt in anti-government protests in Bosnia

By Daria Sito-Sucic and Maja Zuvela SARAJEVO (Reuters) - More than 130 people, including 104 police officers, were injured on Thursday in a second day of anti-government demonstrations in the Bosnian town of Tuzla, as protests over unemployment and political inertia spread across the country. The protests highlight public resentment over the political bickering that has stifled governance and economic development since the 1992-1995 war in the Balkan country.

Bosnia police use tear gas against protesting workers

More than 30 people were injured after police used tear gas and clashed with Bosnian demonstrators angry over the dire economic situation in a country where unemployment tops more than 44 percent, officials said. In total, 32 people were hurt, including two policeman who were seriously injured during scuffles in the northeastern town of Tuzla, once one of the main industrial hubs in the former Yugoslav republic.
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