Protests continued in Nis with demands for the Mayor to resign for giving the airport to the government
Protests continued in the city of Nis for a second day on Sunday (April 1) over the decision by the local authorities to hand over the city airport to the Serbian government.
Local residents gathered on the central city square to demand the resignation of Mayor Darko Bulatovic for transferring ownership of the Konstantin Veliki airport to the government and the canceling of a scheduled city assembly session which is due to finalize the transfer.
Mayor Bulatovic denied the airport was being given away saying that the city was just meeting its contractual obligation to the government and Defense Ministry for land it got from the military in 2009. The protesters are demanding guarantees that the airport will remain city property.
One of the organizers said later that there would be a gathering but no protest on Monday (April 2). The protest will be frozen to wait for the outcome of the city assembly session, organizer Sasa Kostic told the Beta news agency. He added that his organization, the United Movement of Free Tenants had already informed people of the decision.
A second organizer, Milos Boskovic of the initiative Ne damo niski aerodrom (We’re not giving up the Nis airport) wrote on his Facebook profile that a “huge protest” would be staged on the day of the city assembly session.