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Hundreds protest in Serbia against Fresh Montenegro church Legislation

Hundreds of protesters at Serbia gathered in the front of this Montegrin embassy on Friday night after Montenegro passed a contentious religious law hours before.

The Orthodox Church states the law may strip the church of its property, such as medieval monasteries and churches.

Pro-Serb lawmakers at Montenegro’s parliament were detained Friday when they tried to block the vote.

They hurled what seemed like a tear gas canister or a firecracker and tried to ruin microphones in the parliament.

Plainclothes police officers wearing gas masks detaining 22 individuals, including 17 opposition lawmakers.

“That hasn’t been observed in democracy and parliament that Serbian lawmakers throughout the parliament session have been arrested,” among those protesters, Nemanja Vuckovic, stated.

All but three of those lawmakers were published.

“We are prepared to die to our church, and that is what we’re demonstrating tonight,” Mandic said throughout the tumultuous Parliament session.

The legislation, approved by 45 ruling coalition lawmakers, states spiritual communities with land have to generate proof of possession from earlier 1918 when Montenegro combined a Serb-led Balkan kingdom and lost its liberty.

In neighboring Serbia, President Aleksandar Vucic said that he was worried but expected that tensions will facilitate and” our church sacred sites will be maintained. “”

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Also on Friday, a brief brawl erupted in the parliament when civic resistance lawmakers held up banner criticizing what they called a lack of reaction from Serbia into the occasions in Montenegro.

Patriarch Irinej, the mind of this church,” said Montenegrin government”must instantly stop with all the brutal terror against the church, its followers and priests. “”

Montenegro’s population of about 620,000 is mostly Orthodox Christian and the major church is the Serbian Orthodox Church. A different Montenegrin Orthodox Church is not recognized by other Orthodox Christian churches.

Djukanovic has accused the Serbian Orthodox Church of encouraging pro-Serb policies and wanting to undermine the nation’s statehood because it split from Serbia in 2006.

Montenegrins remain divided over whether the tiny Adriatic state must cultivate close ties with Serbia. About 30 percent of Montenegro’s people identify as Serbs and were largely against the separation out of Serbia.