Bosnia On The 8th Day Of Anti-Government Protests. Video Interviews.

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Noon in Sarajevo on the 8th day of protests in Bosnia rage with music, whistles and road blocking protests.  People from all walks of life, young and old, all races and religions are coming together to protest.

The economic situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is undoubtedly terrible. The country was once known for its many factories and a strong working class, even the coat of arms of the former Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (part of Yugoslavia) used to feature factory chimneys. Now, many of those factories are closed, the rest are privatized by foreign corporations or a newly formed capitalist class, and in some of them the workers are working but are not receiving their salaries.

Today, amidst a week of protest, people in the streets demanding equality, have a solid resolve to bring change, despite being faced with several issues trying to stifle the movement. Several of these surround being able to communicate freely, either in person or when on the internet. Due partly by the governments use of social media surveillance to detect and target dissenters online.

The popular website’ Klix.ba has been hacked/attacked several times in the past week and protest.ba, has been suffering from a Ddos attack for the past 3 days.  Both of these sites are sources for information about the protests and message boards where Bosnians would have organizational communications. Several people have had their postings from online profiles uploaded to different message boards with slanderous accusations in an act of discrediting and exposing them as members of the protests. Already people are self censoring their activities online because they are intimidated by what they fear might happen when they use social media for organizing, because they are well aware that the government is watching and tracking them.

Several arrests have been made in the past week, there are 5 young adults in jail between 15-17 years old.  It is unclear whether these kids that were arrested were even involved in demonstrations yet they have been in jail since friday the 7th.

During the attempts by police to clear earlier protests random people were beaten by police, not arrested, but simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Revolution News correspondent Avi Blecherman will be reporting daily from the events in Bosnia and we will be following the events and offering our full support to help overcome some of the obstacles the protest faces.

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People stand together with signs during this mornings protest listing the 7 demands of the protest.

1. Revision of privatizations
2. Taking back illegal property that was robbed from people
3. Health insurance for everyone
4. Lowering the salaries of the administration employees so it will be not more then 2 times higher than the average wage (which is about 200 euros)
5. Repeal of the cantons system
6. Demand of government of experts instead of politicians
7. Not using government cars for personal use (another aspect of corruption)

 

Revolution News correspondent Avi Blecherman covering the daytime protest in front of the Presidential Building In Sarajevo, Bosnia – February 12, 2014

The country has an unemployment level at about 45%. Neighbouring Croatia and Serbia are not in such a bad shape, but still their elites have a lot to worry about as well, since the general situation is also very far from being even mildly satisfactory. For instance, youth unemployment in Croatia is at almost 53%, second only to Greece and Spain in the EU.      For more background on Bosnian Protests visit our previous article ~Bosnia And Herzegovina: “Against The Economic Model That Favors The Rich”

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Protester holds a sign with several words meaning cleaning, purification and disinfection with the word in red down the center meaning government. During the morning protest in Sarajevo.

"Feroelektra is a privatized factory. Stanich is the tycoon that bought it from state and ruined the factory opening his own company. People found themselves in the street. stanich Should be in jail."

“Feroelektra is a privatized factory. Stanich is the tycoon that bought it from state and ruined the factory by opening his own company. People found themselves out in the street without work. Stanich Should be in jail.”

Video below: Protest and music out front of the Presidential Building Afternoon of 2/12/14

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(left sign) "They never taught us in school how to be unemployed" (right sign) "All the politicians to jail!" Notice the multi-ethnicity.. the woman is a Muslim.the guy looks like another ethnic group. They protest together.

(left sign) “They never taught us in school how to be unemployed”           (right sign) “All the politicians to jail!”
Notice the multi-ethnicity. The woman is a Muslim. The man appears from a different ethnic group. They protest together this afternoon in Sarajevo.

 

(man holding sign) "There is no snow. You even stole the snow." (sign to his right) "To the EU. We don't need your cure, we need a good diagnosis (and you don't even diagnose the situation here well) (small sign at the bottom) in three languages we say Fuck you! (it means you won't succeed to separate us)

(man holding sign) “There is no snow. You even stole the snow.”
(sign to his right) “To the EU. We don’t need your cure, we need a good diagnosis (and you don’t even diagnose the situation here well)
(small sign at the bottom) in three languages we say Fuck you!
(it means you won’t succeed to separate us)
Another sign reads “Protesters in Bosnia are not hooligans” In response to  media reports describing the protesters in Bosnian media.

Video Below: Live interviews with Bosnian protesters at the afternoon Rally in Sarajevo 2/12/14

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Sign: Arrest the scavengers of Hidrogradnja. A company which is now a private corporation.

Video Below:  Sarajevo is protesting until there is a change!  Video of the daily gathering outside of the Presidential Building that was burned during earlier actions. LIVE Interviews.

Video Below: Bosnians are marching during the afternoon protest in Sarajevo 2/12/14

Young women armed with whistles at today's protest in Sarajevo

Young women armed with whistles at today’s protest in Sarajevo

All ages come together with one voice in Bosnia

All ages come together with one voice in Bosnia today’s protest in Sarajevo

 

Peoples assembly held today in Sarajevo

Peoples assembly held today in Sarajevo

Peoples assembly held today in Sarajevo

Peoples assembly held today in Sarajevo

 

 

 

 

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