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Six protesters, 12 police injured in BiH demonstration

SARAJEVO, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Six protesters and 12 police officers were injured during clashes in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), local police said on Wednesday.

Several thousand people, mainly unemployed workers and retirees, marched to the government building of Tuzla Canton, demanding better treatment.

The protest turned violent when some protesters began to smash cars on the street, and police intervened, police said. Meanwhile, protesters accused police of overreaction.

Six protesters and 12 police were injured, mostly with minor injuries, local newspapers reported. Other reports said at least 17 police officers were injured, two of them seriously.

A total of 11 cars were damaged, local media reported, adding that 27 protesters were detained. Most of the protesters are former workers from local companies which went bankrupt.

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