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Friday, February 7, 2014

Angry Protesters Sack Government Offices Across Bosnia

Video of a government building in the Bosnian city of Tuzla in flames on Friday. Graffiti sprayed on its facade read “Stop Nationalism.”

As protesters fed up with economic and political stagnation sacked government buildings in cities across Bosnia on Friday, journalists and bloggers shared images and firsthand accounts of the unrest on social networks.

Video posted online by the Bosnian news site Klix showed flames engulfing a municipal building in Tuzla, where unemployed workers protested the botched privatization of state-owned factories, and demonstrators forcing riot police officers to retreat outside the regional government headquarters in Sarajevo, the capital.

Video of protesters overwhelming the police in Sarajevo on Friday.

Haris Alisic, an Al Jazeera correspondent in Sarajevo captured the descent into mayhem as the riot police fell back in clouds of tear gas. Video posted on Instagram from the scene by the Dutch journalist Marcel van der Steen showed protesters storming the government building before moving on to the office of the Bosnian presidency, which was also set alight.