Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bosnia and Herzegovina: War veterans battle police

FOCUS Information Agency - An estimated 60 people were hospitalized during a day of running scuffles between war veterans and police in Sarajevo on Wednesday, Xinhua informed.

According to Biljana Jandric, spokesperson for the Clinical Center in Sarajevo, none of the injuries sustained in clashes with police were life-threatening, although there were skull and finger fractures and knee injuries. Of the 60 patients treated by hospital staff, 22 were police officers.
Admir Katic of the Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs stated that police had acted "in accordance with professional standards."

War veterans descended on the government building of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH), demanding the resignation of that Bosnian entity's prime minister and his entire government. The protesters, reportedly several thousand in numbers, were upset with the government's decision on Tuesday to limit the "income threshold" of war veterans to 2.5 times the net salary in the FBiH for 2011.

According to Dzevad Radze, president of the Association of War Veterans of Distinction of FBiH, former soldiers and their families were being forced to assume a disproportionate share of the government's austerity measures. He said the "income threshold " should apply to all government employees.

Representatives of war veteran organizations were asked to submit their complaints in written form by the end of the day to the office of Prime Minister Mustaf Mujezinovic. Vice President of FBiH Mirsad Kebo announced that a parliamentary session to discuss issues pertaining to the war veteran population would be held on Monday, April 26.

The country of Bosnia and Herzegovina comprises two entities: the Serb-dominated Republika Srpska, and the Bosnian Muslim-Croat dominated entity, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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