Local authorities in western Serbia have suspended a plan that would allow the mining company Rio Tinto to operate a lithium mine, after protests by environmentalists that shook the country’s populist leadership.
Rio Tinto has suspended plans to build Europe’s largest lithium mine after sustained protests across the country in opposition to the project.
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Thousands of demonstrators blocked major roads across Serbia as anger swelled over government-backed plan to allow mining company Rio Tinto to extract lithium.
The project would cause the destruction of habitats and the contamination of the Alagón and Tajo river basins where the toxic waste from the mine would end up.