Montenegro police clash again with opponents Serbian Orthodox Church

In Cetinje, Montenegro, the police have been struck with opponents of the Serbian Orthodox Church for the second day in a row. Before and during the inauguration of Bishop Joanikije, protesters threw stones and bottles. The police had to protect the dignitaries from the protesters.

The inauguration ceremony aroused the anger of the hundreds of opponents of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro. The country declared its independence from neighbouring Serbia in 2006. During the demonstrations, according to Montenegrin state television, โ€œThis is Montenegro, not Serbia!โ€ , called. The protesters are supporters of the Montenegrin Orthodox Church, which is separate from the Serbian.

Since yesterday, the demonstrators with car tires and boulders blocked the main access roads of the capital Podgorica to Cetinje to prevent dignitaries from coming to the inauguration. The blockade has now been cleared up by the police.

Early this morning, opponents took to the streets after which the police tried to disperse them with tear gas.

Montenegro has been independent from neighbouring Serbia since 2006, but the Serbian Orthodox Church is still the dominant religious institution in the Balkan country, with 70% of Christians affiliated with. Ties with Serbia and the role of the Church create ethnic tensions. A third of the population identifies with the Serbs.

A month ago there were thousands demonstrated in Cetinje. The protesters then demanded that the blessing take place elsewhere, but the church did not respond to that call. The Serbian Orthodox Church had an important part in the demonstrations that eventually led to the fall of the previous pro-Western government. There are also pro-Serbian and pro-Russian parties in the cabinet.