The head of the only opposition-held municipality in Belgrade, Marko Bastac and the residents from the city’s centre blocked the works at the Belgrade central Republic Square on Wednesday, saying they would stay there for 12 hours, N1 reported.
They reiterated the earlier demand for a referendum on the reconstruction of the city’s centre since the works that started restricted the moving of the residents and employed and caused the traffic chaos in the heart of Belgrade.
“The blockade will last for 12 hours since the Belgrade Mayor (Zoran Radojicic) still hasn’t appeared to talk to us and since he hasn’t stopped the damaging projects in the centre nor has he replaced his deputy (Goran Vesic),” Bastac said.
During the blockade, several people criticised Bastac for stopping the works but soon went away.
On Tuesday, Belgrade Administrative Court ruled the works on building a gondola in the ancient part of Belgrade, the Kalemegdan Fortress, until a permit for construction issued by the respective Ministry was checked for legality.
Bastac and the residents also protested against those works and said they would prevent them "with our bodies."
The court said the continuation of the works would have “irrecoverable consequences for the cultural heritage such as Kalemegdan Fortress and the environment as well, RERI said on its website.”