Vladimir Djukanovic, an MP of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), said on Friday he supported the Rio Tinto project in the country and that a rally backing the company should be organised.
Ahead of Saturday’s mass blockades of Serbia announced by the environmentalist opposing the recently passed laws on referendum and expropriation, believed to favour the Anglo-Australian multinational company, Djukanovic called for a counter-rally.
Djukanovic is a member of the Delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the head of Serbia’s Parliament Judicial Commission and the Board for the control of Security Services. He is one of the defence lawyers for Predrag Koluvija, the owner of the largest marijuana farm in Europe discovered in northern Serbia.
„What about us who want Rio Tinto? I want a protest because you (the environmentalists) obstruct Rio Tinto from coming to Serbia. We want to demonstrate against you. Why are we not allowed that?“ Djukanovic said in a video published by the nova.rs website.
He asked, „why are we immediately proclaimed people who do not wish Serbia well with your ‘blabbering’ in the media? Here, we want a protest that we want Rio Tinto in Serbia.“