With decision no. 030128/4, the municipal assembly of Plav on 23 November 2012 began determining the location to dump waste in the municipality of Plav. According to the official sheet that defines the spatial surfaces, cadastral parcels was No. 80, KO DOSUGJE II, no. 1/1/1, with 213,000 m2 of space. In fact, the actual location of the open landfill belongs to the village Martinaj space, parcel no. 900, Martinais 1, with a surface of 479,011 (twice as big). This proves misuse of the official cadastral Office and deception of the citizens for the construction of an illegitimate landfill with invalid documentation.See more...
This open garbage dump is located in the historical site of Kodra Jerina, the historical headquarters of the Illyrian Empire in III and IV century BC. At this spot the resistance against the Ottoman Empire in defense of Albanian Christianity started in 1710. Locating a landfill here thus constitutes a grave violation of the laws for the protection of the cultural heritage of minorities.
The landfill is also located close to water wells of householda of one of the neighborhoods of Martinaj village. All this flow into the river Luca, the collector of all waters of Plav, which lies 380 meters from this open landfill waste. The risk of unforeseen consequences increases due to the current composition of the limestone soil, which allows the seepage of fluids into the ground, without any separation or categorization.
With the formation of the Council for the Prevention of landfill, formal complaints were directed at all relevant local, governmental, regional and international institutions. Ignored by all they then led mass to the protests, with pamphlets, appeals, including putting a live wall with their bodies in front from trucks.
Road blockades by citizens protesting the landfill were crushed with the force of Montenegrin police and led to the arrests of protesters. Naim Prelvukajcoordinator of the Council for the Prevention of landfill was arrested twice, and also physically mistreated. Jevrem Berkovic, a Montenegrin academician who is known as the founder of the Montenegrin state has spoken out against his arrest.
Yet despite this, the dump was opened in November 2013.
The ecosystem, which is a natural beauty, is choking on garbage and with the advent of warmer seasons are causing an unbearable odor and are providing the risk of viral diseases of birds, wild animals, unprotected animals, insects.
This open landfill was imposed against the will of the community which requires to live in a clean environment and to protect the lungs of their children from poisoning caused by this open garbage dump, far below any European normal standards.
The unilateral decision of the municipal assembly of Plav to open the landfill contradicts the will of the local community, the Law on Waste Management, the Strategy for Waste Management and the Law on Environmental Protection, while the falsified documentation on the location violates all laws of the Montenegro state. Trying to cover a heritage zone for an ethnicity contradicts the Law on Protection of Rights and Freedoms, in this case the original Albanian minority. Opening a waste dump closed to the residential area goes against the will of the community and is in contravention of European Union integration procedures of Montenegro. Moreover, waste collection on the ruins of an ancient Ilirian city in Plav Gucia which is known as a natural pearl of the Balkans, goes contrary to the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage
Apart from Naim Prelvukaj, other activists have been arrested during the mobilizations. Their names are: Xhevat Lecaj, Zeqir Hasanxhekaj, Miftar Balidemaj, Milivoje Vucelic, Naser Prelvukaj, Luan Balidemaj, Mustafe Balidemaj, Luan Balidemaj , Isa Prelvukaj, Sadik Hasanxhekaj, Isnije Hasanxhekaj, Haxhe Kukaj, Xhemajl Kukaj, Edona Xheka, Hasan Balidemaj,Isni Balidemaj, Bujar Hasanxhekaj, Ylber Hasanxhekaj, Zeqir Hasangjekaj, Mustaf Balidemaj, Bali Hasanxhekaj, Genc kukaj, Naser Kukaj, safeta Kadriq, Hasan Prelvukaj, salih Hasanxhekaj, Agim Hasanxhekaj, Gezim Balidemaj, Hasan Lecaj,Feriz Prelvukaj, Shefqet Balidemaj dhe Sadik Kukaj.
On 18 th August 2014, Naim Prelvukaj was arrested for the thirds time and stayed in jail for 11 days in Bjello Polje, because of his engagement in the protection of rights to healthy environment and his resistance to waste trucks which aimed to be sent to the Kodra Jerina. Even after his release, Naim is still suffering hearth arrhythmia problems due to the chock and the treatment he received.