Activists from environmental NGOs, who began camping out in tents on Bratislava’s SNP Square on Friday, April 23, in protest against the newly proposed zoning scheme for the High Tatras National Park (TANAP), wound up their stay in the city centre on the evening of April 24, the TASR newswire reported.
According to the organisers of the protest, they have been able to address a large number of people. “On Friday night we had some 400 people here in around 80 tents. The petition against the zoning scheme was signed by 1,200 people within 24 hours,” said Juraj Lukáč, one of the activists from the environmental NGO named Vlk.
The activists have complained that no professional discussion about the zoning proposal has taken place to date. They think that the rezoning represents a serious threat to the High Tatras National Park, as it would allow even parts of highly protected areas to become construction sites – on which the protesters say developers want to build new hotels and other facilities.
The Environment Ministry, which proposed the new scheme, said that it had taken comments from professional organisations and the public into consideration.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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26. Apr 2010 at 14:00