Thousands of people gathered on Saturday, March 2, on the streets of the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica, demanding the resignation of President Milo Djukanovic and his government, according to Reuters.
The demonstrators say that the head of state and his entourage, mired in corruption, nepotism and abuse of office. Crowds of Montenegrins marched through downtown, chanting “Sweet Thief!”. Opposition parties have distanced themselves from the protests.
It became the fourth anti-government rally in Podgorica for the last time. Riots in Montenegro began after duško knežević, a former ally of President Djukanovic, accused him and the ruling Democratic party of socialists of corruption, cronyism, and questionable financial transactions.
And Djukanovic and his party have rejected the charges as unsubstantiated. The President said that people are entitled to Express their dissatisfaction through mass meetings, and the police will not disturb them, while abiding by the law and order.
The Prosecutor’s office of Montenegro accused the banker Knežević fraud and money laundering, after which he fled to the UK. In December 2018, the Central Bank of Montenegro has introduced a temporary administration in owned by the Knežević, Atlas Banka. The regulator claims that its capital does not meet the minimum requirements to financial institutions.
Milo Djukanovic is a real heavyweight and long-lasting national policy of Montenegro. Once a small country on the Adriatic sea gained independence in 1991, he most of the time manages to stay in power, alternating the position of Prime Minister and President. Montenegro has become a member of NATO and is a candidate for EU membership.
Weekly political protests on Saturday were also held in neighboring Serbia, another former Yugoslav Republic.
In Belgrade, thousands of people protested against the increasingly authoritarian style of government of President Alexander Vucic. The head of state and his ruling Serbian progressive party, the opposition accuses the suppression of media freedom, demanding the resignation Vucic and conduct “free and fair” elections. No chance it’s not much, because the Pro-government party has 160 of “bayonets” in Parliament with 250 seats.
And Montenegro, and Serbia aspire to join the European Union, but in Brussels, they made several almost identical conditions. Applicants for membership in the “European family of Nations” must stamp out organized crime, corruption and reduce bureaucracy.