Almost a year of protests against the construction of hydropower plants in Strpce ended in violence on Tuesday as Kosovo as police use pepper spray against demonstrators, including children, who pushed past police tape to protect the Lepenc River.
Fresh protests against the operation of three hydropower plants will take place in Decan on Saturday, as news that their licenses expired more than five years ago emerges.
Kosovo Albanians and Serbs protested together against the construction of hydropower plants in Strpce on Monday, claiming that their life, agriculture and tourism will be affected by the plans if construction continues.
Mayor Mytaher Haskuka, representatives of Prizren in the Kosovo Assembly and municipality officials joined residents of the municipality on Tuesday signing a declaration promising to halt all hydropower construction in the area.
The Prime Minister has blocked construction of a new hydropower plant following mass protests in the west of the country, objecting to the likely environmental impact.