Montenegro adopts the law on religious communities

Montenegro adopts the law on religious communities
 
 Montenegro's parliament has approved a draft law on religious communities, which has been rejected by the pro-Serbian opposition, raising concerns that the document could deprive the Serbian Orthodox Church of its property rights.

During the session, violent protests took place inside the parliament chamber.

In the early hours of Dec. 27, lawmakers voted in favor of the bill, while members of the opposition Democratic Front party tried to prevent the process.

Some 36 lawmakers have boycotted the vote, offering to the ruling coalition a clear path to the bill after eight hours of debate.

Some of the protesting lawmakers left the building, though it has not been disclosed whether they have been detained.

On Thursday, hundreds of pro-Serbian opposition supporters went to the streets of the capital, Podgorica, to oppose the bill.

Protesters have been outraged by the request for this document to provide ownership records before 1918 when Montenegro joined the Yugoslav Kingdom.

The Serbian Orthodox Church claims the law will seize its property, including monasteries and churches, so is planning to file a complaint to international organizations.

Montenegrin officials have denied the assumption that the church will lose its property.

Prime Minister Dusko Markovic met with the bishop, Amfilohije, who heads the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, trying to defuse tensions.

He said there was "no hidden agenda" behind the law.
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