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Rio Tinto leaves Serbia

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From The Socialist newspaper, December 15, 2021

Demonstration in front of the London headquarters of Rio Tinto (Click to enlarge)

Mira Glavardanov, Socialist Party of North London

The Serbian diaspora in Britain demonstrated outside the London headquarters of multinational mining company Rio Tinto on December 11. The protest gave Rio Tinto a clear and direct message: there is no place to hide.

We supported the major protests in Serbia against the lithium mining rights granted to this company. It was not the first show of solidarity in London, but it was the most important.

People came from London, but also other cities, like Brighton and Birmingham. The plan is for the protests to continue and escalate.

The main demand was “Rio Tinto, out of Serbia”! Short speeches said that the Serbian people in their history have conquered empires much bigger than Rio Tinto, and that we will be successful this time too.

However, Rio Tinto is not the only culprit. The priority of the corrupt Serbian government is the profit of big business, rather than the interests of ordinary people in Serbia or the environment.

Every mention of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić’s name was accompanied by loud boos. Rio Tinto has a long history of environmental destruction and human rights violations.

In Serbia, the law on expropriation was recently adopted. It would have allowed the government to appropriate land or property for “the common good”.

It is widely accepted that this law was adopted in direct connection with the needs of Rio Tinto. The lithium-rich area is also made up of agricultural land owned by small farmers.

This law has now been repealed following the large protests, revealing cracks in Vučić’s stronghold of power.

The anti-Rio Tinto protests are strongly anti-government, as the government is recognized as complicit in the dirty extractive industry. The Socialist Party and the Committee for a Workers’ International (CIO) go further.

We argue that any capitalist government will bow under pressure from big business. It is only by completely breaking with capitalism that we can guarantee respect for the interests of the working class and peasants and the protection of the environment. This must be the next step.

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