BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: THOUSANDS OF MOSLEM VETERANS OF THE BOSNIAN CONFLICT DEMONSTRATE TO DEMAND BETTER PENSIONS,...
- Title: BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: THOUSANDS OF MOSLEM VETERANS OF THE BOSNIAN CONFLICT DEMONSTRATE TO DEMAND BETTER PENSIONS, HOUSING AND JOBS
- Date: 26th July 1996
- Summary: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (JULY 26, 1996) (RTV (A) -- ACCESS ALL) 1. LV OF THOUSANDS OF MARCHERS ARRIVING FOR DEMONSTRATION 0.12 2. LAS DISABLED BOSNIAN MOSLEM VETERANS IN CROWDS 0.19 3. SV OF DISABLED VETERAN 0.22 4. CU DEMONSTRATORS HOLDING PICTURES OF BOSNIAN PRESIDENT ALIJA IZETBEGOVIC 0.29 5. SV/MCU REPRESENTATIVE OF COMMISSION FOR WAR INVALIDS SAYING WE WANT BETTER CONDITIONS FOR OUR WAR VETERANS (SERBO-CROAT) (CROWD APPLAUDS) 0.46 6. SV DISABLED VETERANS 0.50 7. SV DEMONSTRATORS (2 SHOTS) 1.02 8. LAS AMPUTEE MIRSAD COPA SAYING "WE ARE ASKING THEM TO RAISE OUR BENEFIT, TO GIVE US THE APARTMENT THAT WE DON'T HAVE AND WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE ANGRY (SERBO-CROAT) 1.15 9. LV OF DEMO 1.20 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
- Duration: 00:01:21
- Story Text: INTRO: Thousands of Moslem veterans of the Bosnian conflict have marched on the parliament buildings in the capital Sarajevo to demand better pensions, housing and jobs.
----------------------------------------------------------------- The 5,000 demonstrators, many of them on crutches and in wheelchairs, travelled from all parts of the Bosnian Moslem-Croat federation to take part in the march, organized by the Commission for War Invalids.
Many of the veterans were accompanied by family and friends.
They heard speeches from war veterans who called on the federal government to keep promises made during and after the war.
Many of the veterans are angry that they have not been provided with accomodation, jobs and better disabled pensions.
Said amputee Mirsad Colpa: "We are asking them to raise our benefit, and to give us the apartment that we don't have. We have a right to be angry." A disabled veteran can expect to get the equivalent of 30 Deutsche Marks (20 United States dollars) per month in benefits.
That benefit is about half the average monthly wage in Bosnia.
The veterans say that returning refugees, who had nothing to do with fighting in the war, get better treatment than they do.
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