About us

Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own (Ne da(vi)mo Beograd) is a local political movement that is gathering large numbers of people interested in improving the living and working conditions of all our citizens; improving, conserving, and lawfully using common and natural resources, building democratic institutions, sustainable urban development, urban and cultural policies and incorporating citizens into the development of their environment. The movement grew out of a series of mass protests against the theft of the Sava Amphitheater and the phantom demolition of buildings on Hercegovacka Street for the purposes of the Belgrade Waterfront project.

Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own starts from the position that citizens’ life issues are key political issues in our society. Do we have a job and if we have one, are we adequately paid for it? When we get sick, is there anyone to treat us? Can we be educated? Is there room for every child in the kindergartens? How long do we wait for the bus and can we get to work in a reasonable amount of time? Are our cultural, historical and natural monuments for the profit of the privileged elite or for all our citizens to enjoy? As well as whether our laws apply equally to all citizens regardless of religious, national, political, economic or sexual affiliation?

In the past four years, the Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own initiative has fought for the public interest of citizens with all available means: protests, actions, prevention of evictions, analysis of strategies, contracts or new laws and regulations, lawsuits and denunciations, conversations in local communities and on the streets, criminal and misdemeanor charges, concerts, exhibitions … Since its inception, the Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own initiative has been under constant pressure from the authoritarian regime, our activists have been monitored, phones tapped, and work obstructed by a large number of court processes.

In March 2018, we decided to open a new front and we ran for the Belgrade City Assembly elections. With the enormous energy that a large number of people invested during the campaign to bring our fight from the streets to the city parliament, we ended the election race for individual political actors in fifth place, winning 3.44% or 28,500 votes. Although this was not enough for us to participate in the work of the city parliament, the great confidence shown by citizens is the foundation for continuing the fight in this field as well.

Nationally, the initiative is part of the Civic Front along with 7 other authentic local movements. This association brings together in the Front similar local movements animated by the ideas of solidarity, equality, social security and tolerance for the removal of authoritarian rule, the democratization of society, the fight against poverty, and the preservation of public and natural assets.

Internationally, the Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own initiative is part of a growing wave of local municipalist movements. The Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own election list was supported by many European movements and over 80 progressive intellectuals across Europe, including Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, Berlin Deputy Mayor Ramona Pop, Yanis Varoufakis of the Diem25 movement, and Ska Keller of the European Greens / European Free political group alliance in the European Parliament. As a result of its international reputation and support, in June 2019, a major international conference, Fearless Cities, was held in Belgrade, bringing together representatives of over 60 local municipal movements from cities across Europe.

In the immediate future the Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own initiative will develop its internal functioning in order to, as best it can, demonstrate by its example the standards of democratic and transparent action it demands of both the state administration and state institutions. Also, the structure of the movement is expanding with the formation of municipal committees that will bring policy closer to citizens and involve them more directly in the work of the initiative and in making decisions about the environment in which they live.

Change comes from below and the battle for OUR CITY continues.

Whose city?

Donate

In order to continue filing numerous lawsuits for fraud and harmful contracts, organizing street actions and protests, as well as other forms of civil and political fight for our city, you can support initiative Ne davimo Beograd:

Bank transfer in EUR:

Bank account number (EUR): IBAN RS35265100000017097950
Recipient: Udruzenje „Pravo na grad“
Bank: Raiffeisen banka A.D. Beograd
SWIFT: RZBSRSBG

Via PayPal:

paypal.me/nedavimobeograd

email: [email protected]

Bank transfer in Serbian Dinars (RSD):

Account number: 265-1750310000907-92
Recipient: Udruzenje „Pravo na grad“
Payment purpose: Donation to Ne davimo Beograd
Payment code: 188 for cash or 288 for non-cash

Thank you!

Contact us at: [email protected]

Check out some texts in English about us, and by our members:

The fifth anniversary of the Savamala demolition: Justice is slow but inevitable

11. 06. 2021.|

Five years after the demolition in Herzegovačka Street, there can be no doubt that the state – that is – the criminals who kidnapped it, organized this criminal offence. Although the phantoms and the group that instructed them have not yet been charged with it, they failed in their attempt to cover it up.

Robert Kozma for VOA: Election conditions still need to be improved

11. 06. 2021.|

“We participate in these discussions because Serbia has an undemocratic regime. Unfortunately, the ruling government has transformed some form of democratic elections that had existed into an undemocratic hybrid regime. This has been assessed in several recent reports, such as Freedom House’s or the European Parliament’s. This is why we have these discussions, and not because we are asking for some political concessions. No, we only ask that citizens’ rights be respected”, Kozma said.

Ne davimo Beograd congratulates Možemo! and Tomislav Tomašević for a historic victory

05. 06. 2021.|

The Ne davimo Beograd movement congratulates their friends from the coalition Možemo! (We can) on great results achieved in local elections across Croatia. We paid special attention to the great victory that our colleagues and friends achieved in the city of Zagreb, where they will be able to take power and responsibility for the future of their city. Congratulations to Tomislav Tomašević, who almost secured the victory for mayor in the first round, and succeeded to do so in the second with a significant majority (63%).

International Secretariat established: The first goal is membership in the European Greens

01. 06. 2021.|

The Ne davimo Beograd movement has formed an international secretariat in order to improve cooperation with political movements, parties and initiatives with which it shares similar values. One of the first and most important tasks of the international secretariat will be closer cooperation and improvement of relations with the group of Green political organisations throughout Europe. At the recently held Assembly of the movement, Thomas Weitz, co-chairman of the European Green Party and member of the European Parliament, sent his support for Ne davimo Beograd, and the formalisation of relations with the European Greens is expected soon

International support from the European Green party and Progressive International for Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own

15. 12. 2020.|

Progressive International and the European Green party congratulated Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own for holding the electoral assembly on the day of Liberation of Belgrade during the Second World War. Two significant guests made an appearance during the assembly - the philosopher Srećko Horvat and the European Green party’s Thomas Waitz had a chance to address the attendees via a video message.

New leadership elected on Annual Assembly 2020

15. 12. 2020.|

The Electoral Assembly for Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own was held on Belgrade Liberation Day, during which the plan for improvement of Belgrade was presented. New leadership was also elected tasked with developing the movement’s inner structure and expanding the membership, which has doubled this year alone. The membership elected Natalija Simović, Dobrica Veselinović, Radomir Lazović, Robert Kozma, and Biljana Đorđević for the Small committee, the main political body of the organization, during the Assembly.