Ruling SNS accuses Serbia’s opposition of landfill fire in Belgrade

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Source: N1

In yet another attack on their political opponents, amid arrested criminals' claims about links to the authorities, MPs of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) accused on Tuesday Dragan Djilas, the leader of the Party of Freedom and Justice (SSP), of starting the fire at the Belgrade wild landfill whose emission the experts described as extremely dangerous for people's health.

Nebojsa Bakarec and Srbislav Filipovic mentioned Djilas, the most favourite target of the SNS’s officials and members, as a man who set the Vinca landfill on fire over the weekend.

Djilas was the Mayor of Belgrade from 2008 to 2013, as an official and then the head of the Democratic Party (DS) at the time,

Current DS held a news conference outside the Belgrade City Hall, calling on the prosecutors to react to the accusations.

Srdjan Milivojevic, a DS’ Main Board member, told reporters the prosecutors should investigate the accusation. If they prove false, criminal charges should be brought against the two MPs.

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A DS deputy leader Branisalv Jovancevic said that while his party was in power in Serbia, the construction of 29 sanitary landfills started, but that stopped after SNS took over in 2012.

Bakarec recalled in his tweet that „they (current opposition) „set fire to the Parliament and (state) RTS TV in 2000 (during the mass protests that overthrew the regime of the late Slobodan Milosevic) and in (another opposition anti-regime demonstration) in 2020. They attacked and set fire to the SPS and police building in Majke Jevrosima, in 2000. Then it is not surprising that they set fire to the landfill in Vinca! Fire walks with them! Arsonists!“

Filipovic, also a member of the SNS Main Board, posted a series of tweets in which he speculated about Djilas’ involvement in the fire.

He published a photo of two men at the landfill, claiming „it’s proof the fire was an arson,“ and asked whether Djilas ordered it.

Milivojevic said the fire broke out due to neglect by the SNS officials who were „busy with inter-party mafia clashes“ and recalled that, while the DS managed Belgrade, „we did not have any fires at the landfill.“