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Violent protests break out in Bosnia-Hercegovina
« on: February 07, 2014, 18:22:07 PM »
7 February 2014 Last updated at 16:57 GMT
Violent protests break out in Bosnia-Hercegovina 

Protesters in Tuzla vented their anger on a local government building

Demonstrators in Bosnia-Hercegovina have set fire to government buildings as violent protests continue across the country for a third day.

Police have used rubber bullets and tear gas against protesters in the capital Sarajevo and the northern town of Tuzla.
Black smoke could be seen gushing from the presidency building in Sarajevo.

The protesters are unhappy about economic and political progress in the Balkan country.

About 40% of Bosnians are unemployed. The unrest is the worst since the end of the Bosnian war.

Sarajevo-based newspaper Dnevni Avaaz says that police are using water to try and disperse protesters who are throwing stones at the presidency building.

At least 50 people have been injured in the capital, the paper reports.

Protesters in Sarajevo threw stones at government buildings

Demonstrators waved the Bosnian flag in Tuzla

Tuzla protesters also hurled missiles at a government building

On Thursday, clashes between police and demonstrators in Tuzla injured more than 130 people, mostly police officers.
The unrest began in Tuzla earlier in the week, with protests over the closure and sale of factories which had employed most of the local population.

Demonstrators in other towns, including Mostar, Zenica and Bihac, supported the Tuzla workers and criticised the government for failing to tackle the rampant unemployment.

Hundreds of people also gathered in support in the Bosnian Serb capital, Banja Luka.

The BBC's Balkans correspondent Guy De Launey says exasperation at years of inertia and incompetence in Bosnia is at the root of the protests.

Bosnia-Hercegovina is made up of two separate entities: a Bosniak-Croat Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina, and the Bosnian Serb Republic, or Republika Srpska, each with its own president, government, parliament, police and other bodies.

The complex administrative framework and deep divisions have led to political stagnation and vulnerability to corruption.