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Peaceful protests back in Sarajevo

English.news.cn   2014-02-10 05:47:52

SARAJEVO, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Some 1,000 protesters on Sunday gathered near the presidential building, demanding resignation of entity and local governments.

Several hundred police officers were present, and the main road in front of the damaged presidential building was blocked.

The demonstration was peaceful and orderly. Most of the protesters left at night, though there were dozens remaining on the streets.

Among their main announced demands, the protesters wanted governments of Sarajevo Canton and Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) to resign immediately.

There were similar demonstrations in other cities without clashes. Protesters and police clashed violently on Feb. 7, with some buildings set on fire, including the Presidential Building. Over 200 people were injured, most of them police.

Earlier on Sunday, Valentin Inzko, the international high representative in BiH, raised the prospect of sending in EUFOR soldiers if chaos escalates.

The Office of the High Representative (OHR) is an ad hoc international institution responsible for overseeing implementation of civilian aspects of the Peace Agreement ending the war in BiH.

During an interview with an Austrian newspaper, he noted situation in BiH was "the worst" since the end of the 1992-95 war.

"If the situation escalates, we will possibly have to think about EU troops. But not right now." he said.

The EUFOR operation began on December, 2004. It now has some 600 troops.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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