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Viestiketju osiossa 'Käynnissä olevat sodat ja konfliktit' , aloittaja Tvälups, 09.02.2014.

  1. Tvälups

    Tvälups Ylipäällikkö

    Bosnia protests: 150 injured as demonstrators set fire to presidential palace
    Protesters across Bosnia set fire to government buildings and fight with riot police amid protests over unemployment and corruption


    By Andrew Marszal 10:50AM GMT 08 Feb 2014

    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.

    Government buildings on fire during protests in Sarajevo (AFP/GETTY)

    Demonstrators also clashed with riot police for a third consecutive day in the protests, which have remained largely contained to the Croat-Muslim Bosniak half of Bosnia.

    Anti-government protests began on Wednesday in the northern city of Tuzla, before spreading as thousands took to the streets of a dozen cities to express their discontent over the almost 40 per cent unemployment rate.

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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.

    By 7pm local time, protesters had dispersed in the three main flashpoint towns, but police remained out in force. All shops were closed and streets were littered with glass and debris.

    On Saturday morning, the streets of Sarajevo were calm after firemen spent the night dousing the flames which almost gutted one regional government building, consuming cars and newsstands nearby.

    However the city was bracing itself for further protests.

    In Tuzla, the crowd stormed the local government building, throwing furniture, files and papers out of the windows and then setting the building on fire.

    A Bosnian protester sets a local government building on fire during protests in the Bosnian town of Tuzla (AP)

    At least 80 people were injured in Sarajevo and 10 in Zenica, authorities said. There were no immediate casualty figures from Tuzla, where the worst of the fighting was.

    According to the Sarajevo Times, Tuzla protestors were also calmed following the resignation of Sead Čausević, the Prime Minister of Tuzla Canton - one of 10 cantons in the Croat-Muslim Bosniak half of Bosnia.

    In an unprecedented move, hundreds gathered in the capital of the Bosnian Serb part of the country, Banja Luka, to express support for protesters in the country's other mini-state, which is shared by Bosniaks and Croats.

    "We gathered to support the protests in Tuzla where people are fighting for their rights," said Aleksandar Zolja, an activist from Banja Luka.

    The protests began on Wednesday with a clash between police and unpaid workers of four former state-owned companies, which left some 130 hurt, mostly from tear gas.

    The four companies employed most of the population of Tuzla. When they were privatised, contracts obliged the new owners to invest in them and make them profitable but they sold the assets, stopped paying workers and filed for bankruptcy.

    Beside the high unemployment rate, the privatisation that followed the end of communism and the 1992-95 war produced a handful of tycoons, almost wiped out the middle class and sent the working class into poverty. Corruption is widespread and high taxes to fund a bloated public sector eat away at paychecks.

    A general election is due to take place in October.
  2. aj77

    aj77 Ylipäällikkö

    5.päivä tuli 25-vuotta Sarajevon piirityksen alusta.
    Kuvakollaasia kurjuudesta.

    In an iconic picture that captures the opening moments of the siege, a Bosnian soldier takes aim to return fire after Serb gunmen shot into a crowd of peace demonstrators on April 6, 1992.
    A tower burns in downtown Sarajevo on June 8, 1992, as paramilitary groups in the surrounding hills fire mortars and artillery down on the blockaded city.

    Bosnian Serb soldiers patrol a mountain road to prevent Bosnian troops from breaking through to Sarajevo on April 17, 1994.

    A man calls for help for one of the casualties of a mortar explosion

    A man cradles the head of a woman badly injured by shelling in Sarajevo on June 27, 1992.

    A young couple runs across the infamous Sniper Alley in Sarajevo in 1995. Snipers in the surrounding hills, combined with the relentless mortar rounds bursting on the streets, made even a trip to collect water a perilous task during the 44 months of the siege.
    The scene after mortars slammed into the crowded Markale marketplace in central Sarajevo on August 28, 1995. Forty-three people died in this, the second of two deliberate attacks on the market that came to be known as the Markale Massacres. The August shelling was among the reasons cited for NATO's bombing of Bosnian Serb forces, which started later the same month.

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  4. Norsu

    Norsu Alikersantti

    Kesällä olisi tarkoitus käydä Balkaneilla ajelemassa moottoripyörällä oikein urakalla. Nuo alueet ovat todella upeita ja näin karun Pohjolan asukkaana tuntuu aina käsittämättömältä, kuinka rauha on alueella edelleen niin häilyvä käsite. Suuret tunteet ja verinen konflikti ovat jättäneet jälkensä.

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