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Unpaid Bosnian workers clash with police

February 5, 2014

TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian police and several hundred unpaid workers have clashed in a northern city when the protesters tried storming a local government building. At least 10 people have been injured.

The demonstrators wanted to confront local officials in Tuzla whom they blame for allowing the city’s major state-owned companies to go bankrupt between 2000 and 2008 after being privatized.

Hospital official Adis Nisic told reporters most of the injuries from Wednesday’s clashes were from being hit by stones.

The four former state-owned companies, which included furniture and washing powder factories, employed most of the population in Bosnia’s No. 3 city. They were sold to private owners and the contracts obliged them to invest in and make them profitable. But the owners sold the assets, stopped paying workers and filed for bankruptcy.

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