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Thousands of Croatians march against the government

07 march 2011, 12:15
Photo courtesy of newsme.com.ua
Photo courtesy of newsme.com.ua
Several thousand Croatians, mostly young people, marched through the capital Zagreb Friday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor's government over jobs and corruption, AFP reports.

"You Steal -- That's Enough, Go Away" and "I Wish My Mom had a Job", read banners carried by some of the up to 10,000 protestors, according to local media estimates.

It was the largest in a series of anti-government protests held in the capital since late February and organized via Facebook.

The protestors accused the government of corruption and mismanaging the economy.

"With such an incapable, deeply corrupted government like this one, this country has no chance for any progress," demonstrator Neda Markovic told AFP.

"I'm the only one in my family who has a job," added the 55-year-old economist who joined the protest with her husband and a son.

As in the previous demonstrations, riot police blocked marchers from moving towards the seat of government where protests are banned.

They filed through central Zagreb towards the headquarters of the ruling party, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), chanting "Jadranka Go Away," "Everyone Come out on Streets" and "HDZ Thieves."

There was no repeat of the violent clashes that broke our between demonstrators and police at a march last Saturday when dozens of people were injured.

Kosor took over the helm of the government in 2009 when her predecessor Ivo Sanader, detained on suspicion of corruption and abuse of power, stepped down.

Croatia, which aspires to join the European Union, was hard hit by the global economic crisis and has seen negative growth for the past two years, recording its highest unemployment rate in eight years.

General elections are due late this year or in early 2012.

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