Protesters Block Roads in Serbia Over Lithium Mining Plans.

Environmental protesters blocked roads in Serbia for a third consecutive weekend, despite a bid by the populist government to defuse the demonstrations by agreeing to key demands from organizers.

Several thousand people on Saturday braved rain and cold weather to halt traffic in the capital, Belgrade, and in other cities and towns in the Balkan republic.

The protesters want the government to fully abolish any potential lithium mining in the country by Rio Tinto, and other companies interested in the projects.

Lithium is a key component in car batteries, but environmentalists insist its excavation causes huge damage to nature.

(AP)

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