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Serbia: 20,000 protesters say 'NO' to controversial Belgrade Waterfront project02:04

Serbia: 20,000 protesters say 'NO' to controversial Belgrade Waterfront project

Serbia, Belgrade
June 11, 2016 at 15:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 20,000 people took to the streets of Belgrade on Saturday, to protest against a government-backed redevelopment project, the Belgrade Waterfront, and the overnight demolition of several buildings in the area where the project will be located.

The huge crowd marched from the City Assembly to the Serbian government building, where protesters threw toilet paper at the government building, chanting against Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

The protest was organised by the initiative "Let's not drown Belgrade". Saturday's protest was the third in the last two months, since the first demolition happened at the end of April.

At the end of the protest, demonstrators called for the resignations of Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali and Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, two major city officials believed to be responsible for the demolition. During the previous week, Prime Minister Vucic admitted that city officials were responsible for the overnight demolition at the Savamala neighbourhood, where the project is being built.

The controversial Belgrade Waterfront project is expected to cost around €3.5 billion ($3.9 billion). The project will see the Sava riverbank developed into a luxury district with office buildings and high-end homes, as well as the largest shopping mall in the Balkans.

Serbia: 20,000 protesters say 'NO' to controversial Belgrade Waterfront project02:04
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Around 20,000 people took to the streets of Belgrade on Saturday, to protest against a government-backed redevelopment project, the Belgrade Waterfront, and the overnight demolition of several buildings in the area where the project will be located.

The huge crowd marched from the City Assembly to the Serbian government building, where protesters threw toilet paper at the government building, chanting against Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

The protest was organised by the initiative "Let's not drown Belgrade". Saturday's protest was the third in the last two months, since the first demolition happened at the end of April.

At the end of the protest, demonstrators called for the resignations of Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali and Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, two major city officials believed to be responsible for the demolition. During the previous week, Prime Minister Vucic admitted that city officials were responsible for the overnight demolition at the Savamala neighbourhood, where the project is being built.

The controversial Belgrade Waterfront project is expected to cost around €3.5 billion ($3.9 billion). The project will see the Sava riverbank developed into a luxury district with office buildings and high-end homes, as well as the largest shopping mall in the Balkans.

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