housands of people blocked roads across Serbia in an anti-government protest against two new laws that environmentalists say will let foreign companies exploit local resources, APA reports quoting Reuters.
Serbia's government has offered mineral resources to companies including China's Zijin copper miner and Rio Tinto Green activists say the projects will pollute land and water in the Balkan nation.
The protest is a headache for the ruling Peoples' Progressive Party led by the President Aleksandar Vucic ahead of parliamentary and presidential election next year.
Thousands gathered on the main bridge in the capital Belgrade chanting "Rio Tinto go away from the Drina River."
They held banners reading: "Stop investors, save the nature," "We are not giving away the nature in Serbia," and "For the land, the water and the air".
Roadblocks have been set up all over Serbia including the second largest city of Novi Sad, in Western Serbia in Sabac, Uzice, and Nis in the South, in Zajecar in the East.