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Serbian activists block roads to protest against foreign mining companies

Christian Fernsby |
Hundreds of environmental protesters blocked several major roads in Serbia on Saturday to protest against two new laws that they say will give free rein to foreign mining companies in the country.

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Serbia's government has offered mineral resources to companies including China's Zijin copper miner and Rio Tinto, but green activists say the projects would pollute land and water in the Balkan nation.

Chanting slogans against the government and conservative President Aleksandar Vucic, demonstrators brought traffic to a standstill in the centre of Belgrade and blocked a stretch of a main highway through the Serbian capital.

In the northern city of Novi Sad, dozens of protesters briefly scuffled with police and protest organisers said several activists had been detained.

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