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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Calm After The Storm

Published 8 February 2014

An uneasy calm has now descended on Sarajevo and other Bosnian cities, which have been wracked by fierce protests in recent days. Many locations have been left scarred by violent demonstrations over accusations of corruption among government officials and the state of the country's economy. Bosnia is facing intensifying economic and social problems nearly 20 years after the end of the 1992-1995 civil war. The country of some 3.8 million people is one of the poorest in Europe, with many residents living below official poverty lines. It is estimated that more than 40 percent of Bosnians are unemployed or underemployed. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)


The Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, saw some of the worst violence, with protesters clashing with police and setting fire to government buildings and a number of vehicles. 


Some of the worst clashes occurred in the northern city of Tuzla.


The violence also spread to other towns and cities in Bosnia, including Mostar.