Macedonia Town Raises Funds for Lawsuit Against StateSkopje | 09 June 2010 | Sinisa Jakov Marusic
The central Macedonian town of Veles has been raising funds for its lawsuit against the state, which it claims turned a blind eye to pollution from a lead and zinc smelter that operated for 30 years on the outskirts of the town. Thousands of Veles residents donated their money this weekend to support a joint effort by local NGOs and the municipality to prove in court that the state is to blame for not preventing pollution from a nearby lead and zinc smelter from contaminating the area for some 30 years.
The smelter in Veles
“We are raising money, some 90.000 Denars (1,500 euros) that are needed for the further soil studies that the court has ordered,” Angel Gushev from the local Boy Scout squad “Dimitar Vlahov” told Balkan Insight.
The squad is one of the seven groups in the “Green Coalition”, the platform around which the local NGOs have joined forces.