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Money Serbia: manifestations against expropriation laws related to mining projects

10:15  28 november  2021
10:15  28 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Chinese copper mine brings more pollution to Serbia . Skirmishes erupted between police and anti -government protesters who chanted slogans against conservative President Aleksandar Vucic. Demonstrators brought traffic to a standstill in downtown Belgrade and blocked a stretch of a main A recent reform will effectively stop popular initiatives against polluting projects by establishing hefty administrative fees, green activists argue. The activists also oppose a new expropriation law , which allows the acquisition of private land by the state within eight days. Serbia is one of Europe's most

Skirmishes have erupted in Serbia between police and demonstrators who blocked roads and bridges to protest against new laws they say favour the interests of foreign investors damaging the environment. Environmental groups and civil society organisations are angry over a recent referendum reform, which they say will effectively stop popular initiatives against polluting projects by establishing hefty administrative fees. They are also opposed to a new expropriation law , which allows the mandatory acquisition of private land by the state within eight days.

Des manifestants bloquant une autoroute à Belgrade, le 27 novembre 2021 à cause de lois d'expropriation. © Milos Miskov / PH photo demonstrators blocking a highway in Belgrade, November 27, 2021 because of expropriation laws.

At the call of several ecological citizen collectives especially on social networks, thousands of Serbs have come down on the street. They reject the new law on expropriations and the new referendum law, which they believe are instruments to increase harmful industrial projects for the environment.

with our correspondent in Belgrade, Laurent Rouy

not very numerous, but decided. Several thousand protesters, in Belgrade and the province, have blocked towns and main axes. Unpublished mobilization that the police, quickly overflowed, could not prevent.

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Environmental activists protest against the planned adoption of the laws on expropriation and referendum they describe as tailor-made by the Serbian government to help investors speed up their mining projects in Belgrade, Serbia , November 24, 2021. Vucic, under fire for supporting the Rio and other mining projects , told reporters the law would prevent people from seeking compensation that is much higher than market prices. Activists also protested against the draft law on the referendum. Vucic said in June a referendum would be held to allow people to decide whether the Rio

- Hundreds of environmental protesters blocked several major roads in Serbia on Saturday to protest against two new laws that they say will give free rein to foreign mining companies in the country. Serbia 's government has offered mineral resources to companies including China's Zijin The protesters are angry over a recent referendum reform, which they say will effectively stop popular initiatives against polluting projects by establishing hefty administrative fees. They are also opposed to a new expropriation law , which allows the mandatory acquisition of private land by the state within

A few meters from a major police device, Bogdan 50 years, explains how the crowd took control: "We managed to block the highway in several points. And those who wanted to join us and understood that they would not spend the police decided alone to block other crossroads. That's great !

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An unemployed protest is "now they want to impose the law on expropriations by which anyone can take your land on behalf of foreign investors. I'm sorry there are no more people in the streets to block the country until you are released from this regime.

in Belgrade, the blockage stopped in the calm, but in other cities, there were fights and arrests. In Sabac, the crowd made the headquarters of the police station and obtained the liberation of his. The protesters want to renew their operation next week.

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