In the capital of Montenegro Podgorica on Saturday, March 2, a protest march was held, which brought together thousands of people, FREE NEWS reports. The demonstrators demanded the resignation of the President Milo Djukanovic and his government, accusing the authorities of corruption, nepotism and abuse of office.
Thousands of people, supported by civic activists, bloggers and journalists who claim to be unrelated to political parties, have walked through the city center chanting “Milo — thief.” Opposition politicians distanced themselves from the protests.
This is the fourth protest in Montenegro in the last few weeks. The rallies began after the former ally of Djukanovic Dusko Knezhevich accused the President and the ruling Democratic party of socialists (DPS) of corruption, nepotism, abuse of office and financial fraud.
Montenegrin Prosecutor’s office accused the banker Knezhevich of fraud and money laundering, but he fled to the UK. He promised to present more evidence of the dubious transactions of Djukanovic and his allies.
Djukanovic and DPS denied the charges, saying that the protests are legitimate if they do not acquire violent forms.
Events in Montenegro unfold against the backdrop of ongoing protests in neighboring Serbia. Since last year, the Serbs go to weekly rallies demanding the resignation of its President Alexander Vucic. One of the last protest marches in Belgrade gathered several thousand people. The Serbian opposition accuses the authorities of corruption and violation of democratic principles.