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We are on the Mission of Defending the Rivers of Stara Planina (Balkan Mountains)
Unidentified people have moved the Rudinjska River from its natural, centuries-old basin despite not having any proper permits to do so.
As the 100-year-old riverbed dried up, living organisms were left to die trapped in the mud. The local people rebelled upon learning that this meant the beginning of the construction of small hydropower plants (SHPP) since the Rudinjska River was on the Government list of rivers doomed to destruction for the sake of certain individuals’ dirty profits.
The responsible authorities remained quiet about this. They kept their eyes closed and told nothing but lies. However, the free people of Stara planina had no intention of keeping quiet. The fight to save the Rudinjska River began on 25 August 2018. The police were sent to quell this rebellion but the free people of Stara planina, armed with love and passion, and the conscientious policemen knew that nothing could stop the rivers. They will keep flowing forever. This is the story of our movement called Defend the Rivers of Stara Planina (Balkan Mountains) and our efforts to preserve and restore life.
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Are you just going to stand and watch as others are fighting to preserve nature for the sake of your descendants?
Act preemptively – Are you just going to wait until it’s your river’s turn while we, people fighting on the field, are being persecuted, sued or fired? Are you next? Is your river next?
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One thing we're particularly proud of is that we managed to reach all parts of Stara Planina, visited every household, talked to everybody, not only about SHPP problems, but also about challenges of living on Stara Planina in general. Defend the Rivers of Stara Planina (Balkan Mountains) movement would have never happened if people living on Balkan Mountains..
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