Georgia: 8 arrested in clashes with police protesting against EBRD-funded Nenskra dam over safety & displacement concerns

Author: Dato Chipashvili, CEE Bankwatch Network, Published on: 1 June 2016

"Eight arrested in protest against Georgian dam", 24 May 2016

Police special forces were deployed...to clear a blockade of an access road leading to the planned Nenskra dam site in Georgia’s northwest. The confrontation between police and dozens of locals resulted in the detention of eight residents of the Chuberi community. Though later released, Chuberis see the police act as a gesture of provocation and intimidation...The community is protesting the negligence of investors to their demands to evaluate the threats of flooding of customary lands and the resettlement of an unknown number of households. Locals fear for their safety, as the dam is to be built in an area prone to landslides and mudflow. A recent attempt...by the investor, Korea’s K-Water, to meet with Chuberis failed to materialise, as it was organised without prior notification and it overlapped with local festivities.

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