Presidential Palace In Bosnia Set On Fire As Riots Break Out Protesting 40% Unemployment

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Another day, another European nation is hit by violent riots as protests over the economy and corruption spilled over violently into the street, this time Bosnia where more than 150 people were wounded on Friday in the worst civil unrest in the country since the 1992-95 war. The reason: anger over the dire state of domestic politics, the economic collapse and especially the country's 40% unemployment rate. The Telegraph reports that angry protesters set fire to part of the presidential palace in Sarajevo, as well as government buildings in the capital Sarajevo, Tuzla and Zenica. At least 80 people were injured in Sarajevo and 10 in Zenica, authorities said. There were no immediate casualty figures from Tuzla, where the worst of the fighting was.

Bosnia is a relatively new entrant to the current iteration of mass protests, however judging by the severity of public anger, the country is doing its best to catch up with the rest of Europe. More:

Demonstrators also clashed with riot police for a third consecutive day in the protests, which have remained largely contained to the Croat-Muslim Bosniak half of Bosnia.


Anti-government protests began on Wednesday in the northern city of Tuzla, before spreading as thousands took to the streets of a dozen cities to express their discontent over the almost 40 per cent unemployment rate.


Local media said police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters in Sarajevo, where demonstrators stormed two government buildings including a presidential office, setting them ablaze and smashing furniture. The palace fires were promptly put out but almost all the windows were broken.


By 7pm local time, protesters had dispersed in the three main flashpoint towns, but police remained out in force. All shops were closed and streets were littered with glass and debris. On Saturday morning, the streets of Sarajevo were calm after firemen spent the night dousing the flames which almost gutted one regional government building, consuming cars and newsstands nearby.


However the city was bracing itself for further protests.


In Tuzla, the crowd stormed the local government building, throwing furniture, files and papers out of the windows and then setting the building on fire.

The protests in Tuzla may be calming following the resignation of Sead ?ausevi?, the Prime Minister of Tuzla Canton - one of 10 cantons in the Croat-Muslim Bosniak half of Bosnia - but other cities are only just getting beginning. In an unprecedented move, hundreds gathered in the capital of the Bosnian Serb part of the country, Banja Luka, to express support for protesters in the country's other mini-state, which is shared by Bosniaks and Croats.

"We gathered to support the protests in Tuzla where people are fighting for their rights," said Aleksandar Zolja, an activist from Banja Luka. The protests began on Wednesday with a clash between police and unpaid workers of four former state-owned companies, which left some 130 hurt, mostly from tear gas.

Said otherwise, wealth transfer, crony capitalism, corruption and an economic collapse have managed to unite the same people that just two decades ago were killing each other during the Yugoslavian civil war over such typical Eastern European lines of tension as religion and ethnicity. Congratulations.

Four companies employed most of the population of Tuzla. When they were privatised, contracts obliged the new owners to invest in them and make them profitable but they sold the assets, stopped paying workers and filed for bankruptcy.

Ironically, the very same is happening in the US and the rest of the world, as the productive assets are being confiscated, the middle class is being exterminated, and an increasingly smaller number of entities control the bulk of the wealth.

Summarizing the Bosnian situation in a nutshell:

Beside the high unemployment rate, the privatisation that followed the end of communism and the 1992-95 war produced a handful of tycoons, almost wiped out the middle class and sent the working class into poverty. Corruption is widespread and high taxes to fund a bloated public sector eat away at paychecks.

Or yet another teaser of what is coming to every other insolvent, crony capitalist, corrupt country in the world.

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niccolo and donkey's picture

This is not a cross-ethnic affair as the protesters are overwhemingly Bosnian Muslims.  Croatians and Serbs in Bosnia want nothing to do with these demos (yet) as they rightly understand that there are ethnic concerns along with the official economic arguments for the protests.


In short, there is a fear that the Bosnian Muslims are using these demos to push for a centralization of the Croat-Muslim Federation by doing away with the dysfunctional cantonal system which would work to their advantage as they form a majority in the Federation.


The subtext here is that the EU Parliament passed a resolution this week opposing centralism (Bosnian Muslim) and secessionism (Serbian) approaches to the Bosnian state which are blocking its path towards the EU.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Quick, get personnel from the U.S.S.A. Bureau of Labor Statistics over there to do some short term and long term adjustments to get the "official" Bosnian unemployment rate cut in half - STAT!

Scarlett's picture

What happens in Sarajevo doesn't stay in Sarajevo.

jbvtme's picture

this isn't about ethnics. it is the end of the industrial revolution. in the words of robert burns viewing the chared remains of an iron works in 1787:  We came not here to view your works
In hopes to be more wise,
But only, lest we go to Hell,
It may be no surprise.

jbvtme's picture

william blake:  And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic mills?

Jack Burton's picture

"England's green and pleasant land". Go to Britain in 2014 and see what neo-liberal economics has wrought in that land. Damn the EU, damn the EU all to hell! And fucking Labor and fucking Tony"cunt" Blair.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Update: Many of the unemployed who set flame to the Presidential Palace were aided by some fortunate Bosnians still clinging to jobs, but who had recently been informed they would not be able to access fund in their MyRAs.

Offthebeach's picture

Well, now the PesPalace can be rebuilt and everyone will have a job.


THX 1178's picture

"Or yet another teaser of what is coming to every other insolvent, crony capitalist, corrupt country in the world."


U-S-A! U-S-A!

0b1knob's picture

But on the other hand, fun times in the Central African Republic.

Thousands of muslims killed or forced to flee.   Only a short time ago an Al Queda backed fundy Islamic group gained control of the area and threw Christians to the crocodiles.

The worm has turned.  What goes around come around.   Barbarians kill barbarians.

As usual the French stand around with their hands in their pockets.

French culture.   Don't you just love it.

giggler321's picture

It's funny that it's the Telegraph as of the London Riots they were all pretty much mute.  Camron even suggested using live rounds because the perpetrators were intentionally putting lives a risk by knowingly lighting fires where people lived.  The moment it's on home soil - it's a different thing...  They're all just opportunist thugs; funny that as it's not unlike the bankers who got us all into this mess.

Supernova Born's picture

Time for a Coke.

Coke brings ethnic harmony and diabeetus can make one too sluggish to riot.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Coke, caramel colored, sugar water of the NWO, and Warren "Fuck You, Suck It Up, Taxpayers" Buffett's favorite refreshment:

On a hilltop in Italy
We assembled young people
From all over the world
To bring you this message
From Coca-Cola Bottlers
All over the world
It's the real thing - Coke.
And they sang...

I'd like to buy the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves.

I'd like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I'd like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company
That's the real thing.

(Repeat chorus)
I'd like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I'd like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company
That's the real thing

Joseff Stalin's picture

They use water from supplies that have fluoride added. This increases the toxicity of coke.  Fluoride is absolutely tocix and destroys the body at a molecular level.

Joseff Stalin's picture

"...“There are some who don’t want Muslims in this country,” Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke said on local radio Saturday.

Read more: Central African Republic Muslims Hit by Mob Violence |"

They got tired of the muslims raping their women and slitting their throats.

Joseff Stalin's picture

The French are a funny race.

They fight with their feet,

and fuck with their face.

Crash Overide's picture

Don't you mean "Fuck the EU" Jack?

ZerOhead's picture
Presidential Palace In Bosnia Set On Fire As Riots Break Out Protesting 40% Unemployment

They just need to do some minor retrofitting to the Presidential Palace to make it out of fire-proof solid gold. And they could use the unemployed citizens to perform the work for free.

See? Problem solved!

SWRichmond's picture

They should print money and pay people to stay home and do nothing.

max2205's picture

Corruption is widespread and high taxes to fund a bloated public sector eat away at paychecks.


Sounds familiar



EscapingProgress's picture

Bosnia's Ministry of Plenty must be AWOL. What kind of oligarchs let their livestock know what the actual unemployment numbers are? That is just bad business. Shame on them.

Arius's picture

the subtext amigo, is that the balkans are not settled yet ... and the next turmoil has started!

max2205's picture

Wait...don't we need someone to set themselves on fire first?

ThirdWorldDude's picture

This is a direct result of Bosnia & Herzegovina (or what's left of it) being The Empire's protectorate for the last 20 years.

(Guess which other "political entity" on the penninsula is in exactly the same position with sky-high unemployment and corruption as a general lifestyle).

I highly recommend "The Weight of Chains" as a good start in understanding the current Balkan clusterfuck.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture


Much obliged.  This is the first time I've seen "The Weight of Chains". 

I already knew how bad it was but this documentary like everything else the EU and U.S. have done only made it many times worse.  Everyone needs to see this.

Needless to say our Karma moment is well on it's way and it's going to be one hell of an ugly "Bitch"!


Jack Burton's picture

Great post, I must rethink my views on this, as I did not know this protest movement was mainly Bosnian Muslim centered!

Mister Ponzi's picture

No surprise here. As the majority of Bosnian exports are agricultural and forestry products that mainly went to Croatia (look at a map of Bosnia and you know why), Croatia's membership to the EU was a big blow to Bosnia. Croatia's trade is now governed by EU rules which is detrimental to Bosnia. Moreover, the Croat-Muslim federation is France squared in terms of regulation and taxes, so many companies left this part of the country to settle in the Serbian part which is not great but much better than the Croat-Mulim federation. So, what happened is not really a surprise...

Graph's picture

Before the Civil War Sarajevo was multiethnic with almost "perfect" 1/3 of each  (Serbs, Croats and muslims that is). They lived in apsolute harminy, in this City at least, during the "Dictator's" time how it is now popular to call one of the greatest Statesman in 20th Century. Even the documentary "Weight of Chains",as recomended by other poster, depics former Yugoslavia as a happy and prosperous country while in the same time makes a claim tha it was under a brutal dictatorship...Like...make a pick!

Afer the war it became almost entire muslim dominated with heavy  influx of muslim from provincial towns while Serbs and Croats are slowly drfifting away under "silent presure".


Leaf of Tree's picture

Life in Yugoslavia was way better than all the other communist countries in EE during the cold war.

Too bad Croats felt for the German money,  Serbs fell for stupid nationalistic ideas and Bosnian muslims fell for Saudi money and ideology.

It's sad what happened to Yugoslavia.

The same shit was attempted in Romania, when foreign intelligence services tried to create an ethnic conflict between Romanians and Hungarians in Transilvania in the spring of 1990.

Unfortunately for the occult forces that  attempted to balkanize Romania, they failed.

Sad truth for these fuckers is that Hungarians are outnumbered in Transilvania 4 to 1.


The same shit is now tested in Ukraine, with probably the same perpetrators. 

Droel's picture

The rioters don't look typical Muslims.  They look like typical Bosnians.

niccolo and donkey's picture

Well, they're both Bosnian and Muslim, hence the term "Bosnian Muslim".

Leaf of Tree's picture

The muslims of Bosnia are a special kind.

They are white Europeans.

Bosnia and Albania were the lamest regions of that area and they kneeled down in front of the Ottomans and converted to Islam. Unlike Serbs, Croats, Romanians, Russians, Hungarians, Slovenes, Greeks.

The muslims from Bosnia and Albania are hated in the region. The day will come when we will clear the Balkans  of these sharia-loving fucks.

Kosovo is Serbia you fuckers!

kreso's picture

Dear Sir,


Territorial pretensions towards another independent country are a sign of aggression.

Can you explain us again why would Kosovo be Serbia in 2014.?

Leaf of Tree's picture

Because Kosovo was stolen from Serbia by The Demonic Pentagon and set up as a base of human trafficking and a major entry point of heroine into Europe from Afganistan.

Kosovo was a region of Serbia before the CIA and the Pentagoons started their shit.

Would you like it if Russia and China ripped Texas from the US and gave it to Mexico??

Arius's picture

Bosnian are white europeans all right ... here are a couple of links to Hitler's myfti, the Grand Myfti of Jerusalem the palestinian Al Husseini who raised several brigades of Muslims bosnians to fight along the nazis against the allies

bluemaster's picture

and your Draza Michalovic was chetnic and fight together with Germans

and what all that have to do with >50%Unemployment revolt in Bosnia ?


kreso's picture

Dear Sir,


Texas annually votes and confirms the association with United States.

Kosovo's statehood has been difficult to achieve, but is now firmly established. Any wish from Serbia to return the territory is an act of aggression and serves no good purpose at all. (Kosovars live there longer than Serbs, have more than 90% majority and are now organised as a state.)

I would also encourage you, in the case you have any proof of CIA supported trafficking or drug smuggling to submit it to the court and come back to us.

Leaf of Tree's picture

Cut the legalese newspeak you fuck.


Everyone in the Balkans knows that the American forces use Kosovo as the heroine distribution center to Europe, heroine that is brought up from Afganistan.

Many countries do not recognize Kosovo, Russia among them.

So you and your politically correct shit newspeak can go fuck a tree!

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Don't forget that besides exporting death, Kosovo is also a major exporter of life to W. Europe.

google "Yellow house case".

DogOfSinope's picture

Kosovo doesn't have a statehood. It's mere Pentagon protectorate. It is not an UN member. It is not recognized as a state by 84 counties, including China, Russia, India, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, Israel... It is even not recognized by 4 EU member states and 4 NATO member states.
Firmly established? Yeah. In Narnia.
"Kosovars" is the CIA spin doctors invented term that didn't even exist before 90's. There is no such thing as "Kosovars" in Kosovo. There are Albanians, Serbs, Roma and small number of other minorities.
And, Albanians didn't live there longer nor were even majority (as can be seen even in Otoman census data) in Kosovo before Cristian population was exterminated, first during the Otoman occupation and then during the WWI and WWII. Guess on which side were Albanians in both WWs?
Even the term Kosovo (and practically all other toponyms) is Serbian. It is short form of the term "Kosovo Polje", which literary means "Field of a blackbird" in Serbian. It means nothing in Albanian. Actually, full name of the Region is "Kosovo and Metohija". Metohija means "monastery's land" in Serbian. That was so politically incorrect for the new "statesmen" so they banned its use. They went further - since 2000 they burned more than 70 centuries old (several older than millennia) churches, some even Unesco World Heritage sites.
Re-engineering history might work in some Central-America banana states. But, Balkans is the cradle of Western Civilization. There is 5000 years worth of evidence. Truth stubbornly surfaces again and again.

Joseff Stalin's picture

Some people were faced with the choice of convert or be beheaded.  Some muslims would rather not be muslims.

max2205's picture

Note to all countries.....if you have something called a Presidential Palace. ....I would remane it pronto

Leaf of Tree's picture

White House is also a presidential palace.

Or do you think the accommodations in the White House are bed&breakfast type of quality?

JLee2027's picture

When the mob gets going, there's little the authorities can do.

greatbeard's picture

>> there's little the authorities can do.

Tell that to the OWS folks.

blabam's picture

I wouldn't call OWS a mob. 

Herodotus's picture

Perhaps they could petition to be annexed by Austria?

walküre's picture

Well done, Frau Nuland, well done...

The subtext here is that the EU Parliament passed a resolution this week

Dare I ask what the protester's banners are saying?

Where the hell is Hillary and does this in any way give her an opportunity to get rid of evidence in the US Embassy in Belgrade?

bluemaster's picture

not all bosnians are muslim . Orthodox Christians living in bosnia are Bosnians to

and same for catolic population . What you are talking about ?

three major religions exist in bosnia orthodox,catolics and muslims 

2 of this you call by name of state ( croatian and Serbs) which have thay own independent state next to bosnia 

and all rest of bosnians you call muslim ?