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.
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”
Video below: Protest and music out front of the Presidential Building Afternoon of 2/12/14
Video Below: Live interviews with Bosnian protesters at the afternoon Rally in Sarajevo 2/12/14
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
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