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Thousands protest 1 year after night demolition in Belgrade

Associated Press logo Associated Press 25/04/2017
A protestor holds a blue smoke bomb during a protest in front of the government building, in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Several thousand people have rallied in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, one year after a mysterious demolition in an area marked for a United Arab Emirates-financed real estate project. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) © The Associated Press A protestor holds a blue smoke bomb during a protest in front of the government building, in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Several thousand people have rallied in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, one year after a mysterious demolition in an area marked for a United Arab Emirates-financed real estate project. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

BELGRADE, Serbia — Several thousand people have rallied in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, one year after a mysterious demolition in an area marked for a United Arab Emirates-financed real estate project.

No one has been held responsible for the nighttime destruction last April of a block of buildings by a group of masked men, despite repeated promises to the contrary by the government.

Carrying anti-government banners and blowing whistles, protesters marched Tuesday through central Belgrade, blocking traffic.

UAE investors have been building a Dubai-style business and residential complex in the run-down urban area by the Sava River.

Some architects and citizens' groups have sharply criticized the Belgrade waterfront plan, alleging corruption and saying the development is unsuitable for the Serbian capital.

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