As we covered in a previous article, on 27 December 2019, the Montenegrin Parliament passed a law which would likely expropriate the property of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Furthermore, defenders of the property rights of the church in the Montenegrin Parliament were forcibly removed by security.
Meanwhile in the Serbian Parliament, a brawl broke out after Bosko Obradovic, Leader of the Dveri Party, and fellow lawmaker Ivan Kostic came to the floor while holding two politically-charged banners. According to RT, “One read “Serbia, why are you silent?” and the other – “Vucic and Milo – the twin brothers,” which was an attack on Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and his Montenegrin counterpart, Milo Djukanovic.”
Large-scale demonstrations in Montenegro have galvanised the local Serbian population against this assault on their religious freedom. The example of France where nationalisation of all Catholic Church property led to the decimation of Catholic faith in the country demonstrates that Serbian Orthodox are justified any potential expropriation.
The Government of Montenegro for its part denies that this legal move, which would require churches move ownership dating back to 1918, is part of an orchestrated attack on Orthodox Church property.
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