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Ottoman archives burnt to ashes in Bosnian riots
Ottoman archives burnt to ashes in Bosnian riots

The Bosnian-Ottoman archive, which had survived three seperate wars, was burnt to ashes during the riots in Sarajevo over the weekend.

World Bulletin / News Desk
 
A number of documents belonging to the Ottoman era were seriously damaged in a fire in the presidential office in Sarajevo.

A series of protests in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina turned into nationwide violence over the weekend. Protesters across Bosnia set fire to many government buildings including presidential building. 

The archives executive, Saban Zahırovic, said that many historical documents, rulings, and microfilms had been damaged. Zahirovic described the incident as a crime against the country's culture and history. 

Started by disgruntled public workers who claim they have been deprived of their social rights and benefits, the protests have seen the arrests of 200 hundred people, while 300 have been injured and 17 public buildings set ablaze.

Administrators in a number of member states, including Tuzla, have resigned over the protests. The last resignation came on Sunday from the BiH police Coordination Chief Himzo Selimovic.

Turkey called on its citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina to stay away from the protests.



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