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Bosnia: counting the cost of three days of violent protests

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Bosnia: counting the cost of three days of violent protests


Residents in Sarajevo have been surveying the damage after protesters set fire to government buildings in the Bosnian capital.

While the three day anti‐government demonstrations which spread across the country have much popular support, the destruction of institutional buildings is being blamed on a minority of hooligans.

For those who fought in the 1992-95 war and saved the presidency building it was hard to understand the destruction.

Dedovic Mirsad was a soldier in the Bosnian army during the war, he said: “I defended the city, including this building, and trying to save other buildings from fires and I felt sorry on the one hand when I saw what was happening yesterday”

Another man, standing looking at the damaged presidency building, said: “I saved this building from being destroyed in fire in 1992 when I was the President of the Executive Board of Sarajevo Centre. When Chetniks attacked this building I was the one who was putting out the fire.Now we are in the situation that our children who grew up in Bosnia and Herzegovina set fire to this building.”

However another woman was more sympathetic towards the rioters, saying it was their only way to make themselves heard: “Of course I feel sorry that this damage was caused, but when someone talks all the time and the other is not listening to him this was really the only way for some to see that people are not satisfied.”

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