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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Protest against deviation of Radika River in Macedonia
Hundreds of Dibra residents protested in Shkup (Skopje) against the
deviation of the Radika River. Protesters appealed the government to
abandon the project for building the hydropower plant in Fushe Lukova.
“We want to say to Gruevski
that this is a political project, not an economic one. He should not
even start it. The World Bank should not be against the Dibra citizens.
No Dibra citizen supports this project”, declared Bashkim Mashkulli,
chairman of the Council of the Diber Commune.
The Dibra citizens
do not believe the promises made by officials in Shkup and Tirana,
saying that the project for the construction of the hydropower plant
will not be realized.
“I don’t trust the governments and experts
mentioned by the Macedonian government. We will protest until this
project ends once and for all”, declared Munir Hoxha, citizen from
The protests have been also supported by some civil Macedonian organizations in Skopje.
is a problem of all Macedonian citizens, because the natural assets of
our country should not be destroyed. The protest is important and should
have the support of everyone”, declared Branko Gerovski, a journalist.
Macedonian Prime Minister, Nikolla Gruevski, and some Albanian
Ministers of his cabinet, promised that the Fushe Lukova hydropower
plant will not be built if it will damage vital environment in Dibra.