Belgrade deputy Mayor Goran Vesic said on Monday that Serbian society is no longer worried about unemployment but is raising ecological issues.
He told the pro-regime TV Pink that the public is no longer raising the issue of unemployment because “it is almost gone”.
“No one will mention poverty as a problem any longer because we have progressed as a state and a society. We have solved some basic problems,” he said and added that only medium wealthy and rich societies raise environmental issues, referring to the protest by environmental organizations.
Those organizations have been protesting to prevent the Rio Tinto company from opening a lithium mine and have been warning of serious air pollution across Serbia.
Vesic said that the road block protest on Saturday inflicted 12 million Dinars worth of damages to the city authorities who had to compensate both city bus companies and the public.