Friday, 27 February 2009

strikes and protests

I'm not always right that the Bosnians are too tako je kako je about their lot in life. There are times when they are motivated to protest and we got caught up in one such event yesterday. A factory in Tuzla has just stopped paying salaries (which is not that uncommon here) but also has told the workers that there is no money for their pensions.

Everyone protested. They protested by shutting down all the main roads in the town which caused complete chaos. We happened to be at the junction of one of the roads when the demonstrators very peacefully walked in front of the cars and refused to move. It was obvious we were going nowhere so we got out of the car to watch the proceedings.

Noone was to break the picket line. That was until 2 small boys spotted some Smokis for sale on the other side and made a run for it, with me in hot pursuit. The protesters let us go with a smile before continuing their whistles and shouts.

I don't know what the outcome of the strike was, but sitting on a wall with a packet of Smokis in hand, the boys and I enjoyed the spectacle very much.

1 comment:

Mummy said...

I once got caught on the edge of a riot in Hebron and, similarly, watched with a strange detatched tourist-like interest while the people to whom it really mattered got very upset indeed.

To this day I have no idea what they were about.