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Protesters burn Bosnian government buildings

Thousands vented their fury over the Balkan nation’s almost 40 percent unemployment and its rampant corruption.

Amel Emric/Associated Press

Thousands vented their fury over the Balkan nation’s almost 40 percent unemployment and its rampant corruption.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Antigovernment protesters stormed into the Bosnian presidential building and another government buildings in Sarajevo and set them ablaze Friday as riot police fired tear gas in a desperate attempt to stop them.

Smoke was rising from several cities as thousands vented their fury over the Balkan nation’s almost 40 percent unemployment and its rampant corruption.

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It was the worst social unrest the country has seen since the 1992-95 war that killed over 100,000 people following Yugoslavia’s dissolution.

As night fell Friday, downtown Sarajevo was in chaos, with buildings and cars burning and riot police in full gear chasing protesters and pounding batons against their shields to get the crowd to disperse.

Nearly 200 people were injured throughout the country in clashes with police, medical workers reported.

Bosnians have many reasons to be unhappy as general elections approach in October.

The privatization that followed the war decimated the middle class and sent the working class into poverty as a few tycoons flourished.

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