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Bosnia: Angry Protesters Want New Govt of Experts

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Demonstrators took to the streets of Sarajevo for the sixth straight day on Feb. 10, demanding the resignations of political leaders.

Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 10:28 AM

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Thousands are protesting in Bosnia for a sixth day, demanding that politicians resign and a new government of non-partisan experts be put in to address the country's nearly 40 percent unemployment and rampant corruption.

Protesters say "overpaid" politicians are detached from the peoples' reality and obsessed with inter-ethnic bickering decades after a 1991-95 war that killed 100,000.

The crowd gathers daily in front of the presidency in Sarajevo — which they set ablaze on Friday — and other government buildings in other cities. On one they wrote: "He who sows hunger, reaps anger."

A banner held Monday by two elderly people claimed that one politician's monthly salary equals four years of the average pension payment. Every fifth Bosnian now lives below the poverty line.

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Thousands are protesting in Bosnia for a sixth day, demanding that politicians resign and a new government of non-partisan experts be put in to address the country's nearly 40 percent unemployment and rampant corruption.
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