Demobilized soldiers protest in Sarajevo over missing benefits
Some 2,000 demobilized soldiers gathered Tuesday in Sarajevo to protest against the authorities' failure to pay them regular monthly financial assistance for the last three months.
The protesters gathered in front of the building of Bosnia- Herzegovina's Muslim-Croat Federation entity government, demanding the government to comply with the laws and regulations providing the unemployed demobilized soldiers and war veterans with 160 convertible marks (124 US dollars) a month.
The government said it had delayed the payment of benefits to unemployed demobilized soldiers owing to shortfalls in the entity's budget.
Over 83,000 demobilized soldiers in Bosnia-Herzegovina's Muslim- Croat Federation entity are eligible for regular monthly financial assistance.
Although the protest was scheduled to end late this evening, the crowd dispersed after Bosnian Muslim-Croat Federation Prime Minister Nedzad Brankovic addressed them and promised a speedy solution to their problems.
Brankovic said the government has found the money to pay the benefits to demobilized soldiers for the last three months, reported dpa.