Montenegro: All pro-Serb opposition lawmakers detained over church property law clash

At least 22 Montenegrin lawmakers, including all 17 members of the pro-Serb Democratic Front (DF) party, were detained in parliament in the country's capital of Podgorica on Friday as they tried to prevent a vote on a contested law on religious rights, which was subsequently adopted. Footage shows MPs arguing before the pro-Serb lawmakers are escorted out by security personnel. The opposition... Еще members are said to have thrown what looked like a tear gas canister and tried to tamper with microphones. Authorities quickly released all but three MPs who were held on suspicion of attempting to prevent the parliamentary speaker from carrying out his duty. The new law would transfer most religious property to the state and demands a registry of all religious objects and sites. Ownership can only be retained if the religious communities can produce ownership evidence from before Montenegro lost its independence by joining a Serb-led Balkan kingdom in 1918. The law has been accused of discriminating against the Serbian Orthodox church and prompted fear in its community of losing their property. Mandatory Credit: Pobjeda Portal Mandatory Credit: Pobjeda Portal

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