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BiH presidential building damaged in violent clashes

English.news.cn   2014-02-08 02:28:52

SARAJEVO, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) - Protesters in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) clashed with police violently on Friday, setting fire on the Presidential Building and government building of Sarajevo Canton.

Several vehicles were torched, including police cars, sending thick smoke into the sky of the old town of Sarajevo. All city firefighters were on the streets to put out the fire, according to a personnel from the city fire brigade.

Over 50 people were injured, including 38 police officers, said the emergency medical services. Most of them received minor injuries though there were several people seriously injured on the head.

Police used tear gas and hoses to disperse the protesters, some of whom broke into the first floor of the presidential building and took down the national flag.

About 100 protesters refused to quit, setting fires on several cars and blocking several streets. Several shops and ATMs were robbed and damaged near the Sarajevo Canton Building.

Dozens of people were arrested while the police operation continued into the night. The two main roads in central Sarajevo were closed for several hours.

Over 2,000 people participated in the protest in the morning, which turned violent in the afternoon.

Editor: yan
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