Montenegrin police used tear gas against demonstrators in the cities of Niksic and Plevlya, where local residents protested against the detention of representatives of the local clergy – Bishop of Budimlyan-Niksic Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) Ioannikius and seven priests. It is reported by Vijesti.
The publication notes that in spite of the ban on holding mass events because of the coronavirus pandemic, the clergy held a meeting of believers for the feast of St. Basil of Ostrog in Niksic.
Demonstrators demanded the immediate release of detainees, and also stoned the police with stones. As a result, several people were injured. Among them, one child, as well as several police officers. In addition to clergy, the police also detained journalists.
According to police, the protesters were armed with stones, bottles and pyrotechnic equipment, and masks were put on their faces.
Vasily Ostrozhsky – the most revered saint in Montenegro, who lived in the XVII century. Ostrogsky’s Memorial Day is celebrated annually on May 12 (April 29 according to the Julian calendar) – on the day of the clergyman’s death.