Ne davimo Beograd (Don’t let Belgrade Drown) was formed in 2014 in protest at the huge urban projects that aimed to turn an area of the capital’s historic city waterfront into luxurious commercial and residential buildings. By objecting in a variety of ways, from institutional engagement to civil disobedience, Ne davimo Beograd has kept the project under close public scrutiny.
Small-scale actions were followed by mass protests in 2015 and at the beginning of 2016. The watershed moment followed the demolitions of 25 April 2016, when citizens showed up in great numbers to protest, demanding resignations and laying criminal responsibility at the door of officials.
In the months to come, 10 major protests took place, each one bigger than the last. At the height of the protests, there were 20,000 people on the streets of Belgrade – the biggest civic protests since those that toppled Slobodan Milošević in 2000.
Today, Ne davimo Beograd is dealing with wider forms of action. In 2018 they took place in Belgrade city elections where they had 3,48% of votes, which was not enough for the threshold of 5% to enter city assembly. With 6 other organizations, Ne davimo Beograd formed collective Krov nad glavom, which fights delocations.
In march 2019 Citizens front was founded. It consists of 9 local organizations from Serbia, Ne davimo Beograd being one of first to join. Citizens front is national association, and is turned to parliament fight, with focus on local and parliament elections in 2020.