Protest of Budva Citizens Against Shinawatra's Plans at St. Nikola Island

By , 26 Sep 2018, 15:35 PM Lifestyle
Island St. Nikola Island St. Nikola Boris Pejovic

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September 26, 2018 - The non-governmental organization "Porat Budva - Pizana" invited citizens to gather in the town’s marina in protest against a plan document that enabled the former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to build a hotel with 500 berths and marina on the island of St. Nikola.

"The protest is organized so that the boats would sail in front of the marina’s gate, then from the top of the lantern to the island, the boats would connect in a row, symbolizing the unbreakable connection of the town with the island. St. Nikola, the largest Montenegrin island that represents a natural pearl not only for the town of Budva, but for the whole country as such. It is invaluable and important to be preserved from the construction of hotels and yachts," said the NGOs.

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They estimated that the valorization of the island should go in the direction of the development of a forest park concept and of a modern excursion site, with all the amenities for recreation and accommodation, which is missing in Budva's tourist offer.

"Urbanization of the island is in contradiction with all the international conventions, as well as with the standards of the countries of the region in which the preservation of natural resources and coastal areas is elevated to the highest civilization level. The island is the only remaining untouched authentic natural entity to be preserved for the benefit of all of us as well as generations to come. The island does not belong only to us, it is a botanical world and a habitat for birds, animals and fish. For centuries, the island has been an inseparable part of the town and an integral part of the tradition of living in this area. The spirit of original authentic values of the Mediterranean lifestyle is being conveyed through generations up till now, which took place mostly at the island of St. Nikola, where there is a church of the same name dating back to the end of the 11th century, which is an invaluable cultural-historical monument."

Text by Vuk Lajovic, on September 26th, 2018, read more at Vijesti

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