Where there are Tailings, No Grass Grows: Serbians Protest against Rio Tinto – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Rio Tinto has achieved what it set out to do in Australia recently blow up one of our Major Heritage sites and get away with it and carry on. The mining corporation is now promising the Serb’s wealth, and fortune if they are allowed to destroy their natural environment, why? They simply see a profit in it.

A large protest movement is taking shape in Serbia, centred on the importance of clean water, air, soil and observance of sound environmental regulations. The month of November saw protesting efforts that involved blocking roads in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kragujevac, Užice, Loznica and Kruševac, amongst others. Rio Tinto, environmental vandal par excellence, has shown, along with other mining giants, a marked tendency to ignore local grievances and fears while flattering gullible authorities with promises of a glittering future. The future for the Jadar valley, outlined by one sceptical ecologist, Mirjana Lukić Anđelković is suitably dark. The company, she told the morning program TV Nova S “Wake Up” in March this year, promises to mine for six decades and “make a mountain of tailings.” Where there are tailings, “there is no grass, nothing grows.”

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