Thousands protest massive development in Serbian capital

Protesters walk past the Serbian National Assembly building during a protest in Belgrade on June 11, 2016Thousands protested in the Serbian capital on Saturday, accusing the authorities of theft and violence connected to plans to redevelop a popular area of Belgrade. Protesters chanted “We will not be ignored” and “thieves” at the rally against the $3-billion (2.7-billion euro) deal with an Abu Dhabi-based developer to transform part of Belgrade into an upscale housing and shopping complex. Demonstrators took aim in particular at an incident on April 24 in the arts and nightlife district of Savamala, where several buildings were demolished in the night by mysterious masked men.

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