Serbia’s Int Min: Environmental protests are an attempt to destabilise Serbia

NEWS 18.12.2021 13:26
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ALEKSANDAR VULIN
Source: Tanjug/Sava Radovanović

Serbia’s Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin said the ongoing environmental protests are attempts to destabilize the country ahead of the April elections.

„They are only looking for a reason to create chaos. We withdrew the police from the protests because the police cannot secure unannounced rallies, and we were not asked for consent,“ Vulin told TV Pink.

Large-scale environmental protests have been ongoing in Serbia throughout the past month. The original demand for the protest was to withdraw recently adopted laws on expropriation and referendum, which environmental activists argue are paving the way for Rio Tinto’s lithium mine in western Serbia.

The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, accepted the request to change the Law on Referendum and to withdraw the Law on Expropriation, after which a part of the activists stopped the protests.

The rest of the activists are continuing their protests and say they will not give up until Rio Tinto is expelled from Serbia.

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