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[Video] Bosnia: protesters set fire to a government building

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[Video] Bosnia: protesters set fire to a government building

<p>Protesters set fire to a section of the presidency building in Bosnia’s capital Sarajevo on Friday. </p> <p>Eyewitnesses said protesters had smashed windows and threw a flare into the building despite special police efforts to disperse them with water cannon.</p> <p>Earlier a local government building in northern town of Tuzla was set alight during clashes with riot police</p> <p>This comes amid a third day of unrest over high unemployment and two decades of political inertia since the country’s 1992-95 war.</p> <p>In Sarajevo, police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades in an attempt to disperse a crowd of several thousand.</p> <p>Protests were called for Friday in towns and cities across Bosnia, in a sign of growing anger over the lack of economic and political progress since the country broke from Yugoslavia in the early 1990s and descended into war. </p> <p>More than one in four of the country’s workforce were out of a job in 2013.</p> <p><h3>Dramatic footage: Bosnia govt building on fire as protesters express their joy</h3><br /> <iframe width="606" height="341" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WHT8w2XWTB8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>A Reuters photographer in Tuzla, once the industrial heart of north Bosnia, said up to 6,000 people had turned out to protest the closure of factories sold off by the state. </p> <p>Some broke away from the main group and attacked a government building and set it alight. Trapped by the flames, some people leapt from the windows, the photographer said.</p> <p>Police said two officers were injured, one seriously. </p> <p>Bosnia’s recovery from the war, in which an estimated 100,000 people died, has been constrained by a dysfunctional power-sharing system of ethnic quotas that has stymied governance and left the country trailing its ex-Yugoslav peers on the road to membership of the European Union.</p> <p>Civil unrest is not common, however, with many among Bosnia’s Serbs, Croats and Muslim Bosniaks scared that violence could tip the country back into conflict.</p> <p><cite>Reuters</cite></p> <p><div id="slides" dir="ltr"><ul class="slides_container"><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2>Bosnia clashes - Tuzla</h2><p>Anadolu agency</p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/255860/606x365_01-bosnia-clahses-unemployment-fire.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2></h2><p></p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/255860/606x406_02-bosnia-clahses-unemployment-fire.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2></h2><p></p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/255860/606x406_03-bosnia-clahses-unemployment-fire.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2></h2><p></p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/255860/606x406_04-bosnia-clahses-unemployment-fire.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2></h2><p></p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/255860/606x341_05-bosnia-clahses-unemployment-fire.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2></h2><p></p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/255860/606x406_06-bosnia-clahses-unemployment-fire.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2></h2><p></p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/255860/606x408_07-bosnia-clahses-unemployment-fire.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2></h2><p></p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/255860/606x406_08-bosnia-clahses-unemployment-fire.jpg"></li></ul><a href="#" class="prev"></a><a href="#" class="next"></a></div></p>