Riot Police Sent to End Local Protest against Mini Power Plants

Riot police were sent early this morning to break a protest of local people against the construction of two mini power plants on the river in a central Bosnia park. Locals in the village of Kruščica, near the town of Vitez, have been protesting the mini power plant construction on the nearby river since August 2, saying the two plants would ruin the park around the river for them and for the tourists that come to the park.

According to the media, police started moving the protesters, mostly women, from the road leading to the park around 5 am, to clear the way for the construction machines. When some of them refused to leave and sat on a bridge leading to the park, the police used force to clear the bridge, according to the eyewitnesses. A dozen were arrested and some were taken to a hospital.

They hit a pregnant women; one woman had a tooth knocked out

“The problem has existed for a while. The police had authority to clear the passage and the road is now unblocked. There is no information about injured (protesters) or the use of force for now,” the Central Bosnia Canton police ministry told N1 network.

“Some forty women refused to leave (the bridge) and then they (the police) started beating us. Six women were admitted to the hospital and 12 were arrested. (…) They hit a pregnant women; one woman had a tooth knocked out,” a protester said.

Earlier this year, the Kruščica people dismissed the local community head at a town hall meeting, where he supported the construction of two mini power plants.

The concession to build plants on the Kruščica river was awarded to a Sarajevo-based company.

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