The head of the Stari Grad, the only opposition-held district in Belgrade told reporters outside the City Hall on Monday the referendum on many reconstruction and construction works in that part of the city was legitimate since over 10 percent of its residents turned out, the Beta news agency reported.
Marko Bastac accused the city authorities of “obstructing the people to turn out.” He added the media did not pay due attention to the referendum on which 21.7 percent of the residents cast their votes, with 87 percent said no to the reconstruction of the city’s centre, while 90 percent was against the building of gondola at the Kalemegdan Park, one of the historic parts of Belgrade and an archaeological site.
Bastac tried to deliver the results to the Mayor but was instructed to pass it on to the city hall office, since he did not have an appointment scheduled.
Goran Vesic, Belgrade Deputy Mayor, also refused to take the referendum results, saying Bastac was “a criminal” and that he didn’t want to talk and then walked into the city hall building.
He called on the Mayor to form a committee made up of citizens and independent experts to solve the traffic collapse in Belgrade caused by the works in several central streets underway at the same time.