US News in Serbia, thousands of protesters block roads against a mining project

22:05  04 december  2021
22:05  04 december  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Anger intensifies in Serbia against a lithium extraction project by the Rio Tinto mining giant. In Belgrade, thousands of protesters have again invaded the roads and bridges of the city, Saturday.

Thousands of protesters blocked large roads, in Serbia , Saturday, December 4, to protest the government supported by the government to authorize the mining giant Rio Tinto to extract lithium in this Balkan country.

in Belgrade, protesters have invaded a highway and bridge connecting the city to its peripheral suburbs by chanting anti-government slogans while some brandished pancarts criticizing the mine project.

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Smaller events took place in cities, with small skids in Belgrade and Novi Sad between opponents and proponents of the project, according to the local press.

"They allow foreign companies to do what they want in our country", denounces Vladislava Cvoric, a 56-year-old economist, who came to Belgrade.

Lithium deposits in western country

events had already been organized last week. Masked men made a rally in Sabac, in the West, aroused indignation in social media, and accusations that the government used hooligans to repress the movement.

large lithium deposits, an essential component for car batteries, were discovered near Loznica (west), where the Anglo-Australian company started to buy land but awaits the green light of the state to start exploitation.

Rio Tinto discovered deposits in this region in 2006.

The company plans to invest $ 2.4 billion in the project, according to Vesna Prodanovic, Director of Rio Sava, the Sister Society of Rio Tinto in Serbia.

The Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has been very criticized for this project, being accused of paving the way for illegal land appropriations and put aside the environmental concerns put forward by the activists.

The demonstrations intervene a few months before probable national elections next year, opponents of protest movements accusing their organizers to create controversy to weaken Aleksandar Vucic and his administration.

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