Thousands of people who gathered in Belgrade for an environmental protest on Sunday urged the Serbian Government to change its attitude towards environmental problems and start implementing the law against the biggest polluters.
The protest was organised by the Eco Guard (Eko Straza) association over excessive air pollution in the country.
Protesters gathered at the Terazije Fountain and walked to the Serbian National Assembly. They announced new protests in two weeks.
This is the third such protest organized by this organization. The previous one took place in September.
Protesters carried banners saying: „Come out and fight“, „Breathe carefully“, „The air is dangerous“, etc.
Also, violent clashes with the police were reported.
Their main demands are for the Environmental Protection Agency to return the upper limit of the air quality index category for PM particles to previous values – from 55 to 44 micrograms per cubic meter. They also demand that the purchased air purification devices should be installed in nurseries, schools and hospitals instead of government buildings and institutions, as well as that the sale of inadequate fuel for household fireplaces be banned.
After yesterday’s road blocks throughout Serbia, two protests are being held in Belgrade today – the first on Terazije, and the second at 6 pm on the Republic Square in Belgrade, entitled „Stop regime violence“. The protest on Republic Square will be a response to the violence, attacks and arrests of activists who protested across Serbia on Saturday.
Citizens are also expected to gather in on Monday to protest against “violence perpetuated by the regime in power” and the detention of activists the day before.
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