A demonstration took place in Sarajevo on Thursday, February 28, as hundreds of former fighters rallied outside the parliament building. Demonstrators gathered outside the legislature ahead of a scheduled vote on a rights charter for demobilized fighters and their families, including changes to the distribution of financial assistance for veterans. A heightened security presence was deployed to the area and there were no initial reports of arrests. Additional demonstrations organized by former fighters are possible in the coming days and weeks.
Veterans who served during the 1992-95 Bosnian War are protesting what they allege is parliament's failure to adopt a law that would give veterans increased benefits. Local reports indicate the Bosnian parliament approved a draft charter on proposed rights of demobilized soldiers and their families on February 28.
Individuals in Sarajevo are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all political gatherings as a precaution, anticipate additional protests and associated disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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