"The only thing people wants is to enforce the law. If no institution wants to do it, we will, until we have a legal state", is the message after the meeting with prime minister Ana Brnabic.

cuta foto Zvanična stranica pokreta Odbranimo reke Stare planine i udruženja Nova Stara planina Primenite zakon ili ćemo ga mi sprovoditi Aktivizam, Odbrana reka, Pravna borba Bodi

Dean of the Faculty of Forestry Ratko Ristić also participated in this meeting. We insisted to enable the autonomy for the protected area of Stara Planina in line with the regulations, laws and bylaws about the special status of this nature park.

ratko ristic Zvanična stranica pokreta Odbranimo reke Stare planine i udruženja Nova Stara planina Primenite zakon ili ćemo ga mi sprovoditi Aktivizam, Odbrana reka, Pravna borba Bodi
Ratko Ristic, Dekan, Sumarski fakultet. 28.01.2019 Foto Marija Jankovic

Jovanović claims that both the Dean and him have explained to the prime minister what kind of "horror" for the nature these SHPP represent, but prime minister didn't look like she heard them at all.

"She was listening to all of that, but just kept repeating the sentence: "How can it work in Norway, and here's such a big problem?" I told her that we don't live in Norway and even if they had put all their rivers to pipes, what's that got to do with us," says Jovanović.

Another question put on the table was when will the Resolution of the Ministry of Environment to remove the pipes from Rakitska River be conducted.

"On what she replied: "You have to see that with Trivan". I said: "Trivan is not my Minister but hers - she picked him", says Ćuta.

Jovanović was also interested if the building permit for SHPP "Zvonce" was anullated. We were promised to meet the president of the state on September 28th and that SHPP will be erased from the protected areas.

"You can accuse me of anything you want. That anarchy you're talking about will look like this: people will enforce the resolutions you refuse to. enforce. If you don't do it, people who live there will. That's the autonomy and the anarchy. People will have to do it, because they'll stay without water. Otherwise, 200 Rakitans will pack their bags and come in front of the Government. You will have ecological refugees for the first time here, who will request that you find them a place to move, somewhere where there's enough water", warns Ćuta.

One of the demands Jovanović had is to organize all the future meetings about this problem in the presence of media, so that he doesn't have to repeat everything to them.

We're announcing a protest in front of the Government of Serbia for 13th June, after which we will stop any communication with the authorities. "If the law isn't enforced by then, there's no reason to communicate to them on any level - everything's already said," concludes Aleksandar Jovanović Ćuta.

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