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Bosnian protesters demand politicians resign, want new govt of experts to tackle unemployment

  • Bosnian people march carrying a banner that reads “We want resignation” in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. More than 500 people gathered in Sarajevo demanding the resignation of the government and the release of people arrested during a Friday protest. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

    Bosnian people march carrying a banner that reads “We want resignation” in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. More than 500 people gathered in Sarajevo demanding the resignation of the government and the release of people arrested during a Friday protest. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Bosnian woman, centre,  protests in front of police cordon with  banner “We want resignations” in Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Bosnians swept up the rubble Saturday after protesters set fire to the presidency and other government buildings in the country's worst social unrest since its devastating war. But the next steps in attempts to clean up are far from clear. A few hundred people continued to protest peacefully in the capital, Sarajevo, and other cities, angry about the nation's almost 40 percent unemployment rate and rampant corruption. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

    A Bosnian woman, centre, protests in front of police cordon with banner “We want resignations” in Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Bosnians swept up the rubble Saturday after protesters set fire to the presidency and other government buildings in the country's worst social unrest since its devastating war. But the next steps in attempts to clean up are far from clear. A few hundred people continued to protest peacefully in the capital, Sarajevo, and other cities, angry about the nation's almost 40 percent unemployment rate and rampant corruption. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands are protesting in Bosnia for a sixth day, demanding that politicians resign and a new government of non-partisan experts be put in to address the country's nearly 40 percent unemployment and rampant corruption.

Protesters say "overpaid" politicians are detached from the peoples' reality and obsessed with inter-ethnic bickering decades after a 1991-95 war that killed 100,000. The crowd gathers daily in front of the presidency in Sarajevo — which they set ablaze on Friday — and other government buildings in other cities. On one they wrote: "He who sows hunger, reaps anger."

A banner held Monday by two elderly people claimed that one politician's monthly salary equals four years of the average pension payment. Every fifth Bosnian now lives below the poverty line.