Outraged Bosnians Protest for Failing to Curb Juvenile Violence

by Medindia Content Team on  February 10, 2008 at 10:42 AM Child Health News
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Up to 10,000 people protested in Sarajevo on Saturday against juvenile crime after the brutal killing of a teenage boy outraged the residents of the Bosnian capital.
Outraged Bosnians Protest for Failing to Curb Juvenile Violence
Outraged Bosnians Protest for Failing to Curb Juvenile Violence

The crowd gathered in front of Sarajevo cathedral accusing city authorities of doing nothing to prevent juvenile violence. They carried banners that read "We are all Denis Mrnjavac" and "Denis, forgive us," after the dead boy.

The protestors later marched through the city to the presidency building at which they threw eggs. They chanted "Thieves" and "Come out" before dispersing.

Mrnjavac, 17, died on Wednesday after being beaten and stabbed in a tram by three teenage boys aged between 17 and 19. It was only the latest in a string of high-profile incidents of juvenile crime in Sarajevo.

A 72-year-old woman died from burns in January after her head was splashed with gasoline and set alight by three boys aged either 15 or 16.

Source: AFP
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