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Bosnian protesters storm government buildings
« on: February 08, 2014, 14:02:06 PM »
Bosnian protesters storm government buildings

DateFebruary 8, 2014 - 3:41AM

Government building on fire in Tuzla. Photo: Reuters

Tuzla: Protesters have stormed government buildings in Bosnia, setting them alight and smashing up furniture, as anger over the dire state of the economy boiled over.

With unemployment at 44 per cent 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.

As anger spiralled on Friday - the third day of at times violent protests - demonstrators set fire to a government building in the capital Sarajevo and another in the northeastern city of Tuzla.

Protesters hurl items at the building. Photo: Reuters

In Tuzla, thousands of protesters cheered as 100 young men wearing hoods stormed a local administrative building, destroying furniture and throwing televisions out of the windows.

Shortly afterwards, flames and thick smoke could be seen billowing from the first floor windows.

In Sarajevo, protesters smashed windows and set fire to security posts outside a government building.

The fire. Photo: AP

Riot police surrounded the building but were unable to gain access, with demonstrators also blocking two fire engines from reaching the scene.

With demonstrations planned in more than 20 towns and thousands of protesters on the streets of Tusla and Sarajevo on Friday, the protests mark the largest outbreak of public anger in the Balkan country of 3.8 million people since the end of the 1992-1995 war.

The protesters are demanding the resignation of local and regional officials who they blame for two decades of political stalemate that has left the economy in dire straits.