Montenegro: new protests against law on religious freedom

Tens of thousands demonstrate across country

07 February, 14:02

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, FEBRUARY 7 - In Montenegro tens of thousands of people took part in new demonstrations and prayer sessions to protest against a law on religious freedom, a controversial measure adopted by Podgorica at the end of December that provides for the possible confiscation of churches, monasteries and other properties of the Serbian Orthodox Church, which has a large majority in the small Balkan country, that does not have an autonomous church and where nearly 30% of the population is of Serbian ethnicity.

    Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital Pogdorica and several other cities, including Bar, Kotor, Herceg Novi, Berane. The new law has caused a deterioration of relations between Belgrade and Podgorica. Montenegro has been independent since 2006 when it peacefully separated from a union with Serbia following a referendum.

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