Montenegro. According to COUNTRYAAH, Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro which is located in Southern Europe. The government was pressured to resign and accused the opposition of being corrupt and illegitimate. The protests were aimed not least at Prime Minister Milo Đukanovič, who in effect ruled Montenegro for a quarter of a century. The opposition alliance Democratic Front announced in August that a series of protests were planned during the fall.
Daily demonstrations were held from the end of September outside the parliament building in the capital Podgorica and a tent camp arose. Demands were made that a technocrat government be appointed until “the country’s first free” elections could be held. Protest actions were also carried out in several other parts of the country. Student groups and human rights organizations joined the demands of the government’s departure.
From mid-October, violence broke out several times. The police used tear gas and shock grenades to try to disperse the crowd, and protesters threw fire bombs as well as tried to penetrate the parliament building.
The government rejected all thoughts of resigning. Đukanovič accused Western hostile “nationalist circles” of Russia and Serbia of interfering in the country’s internal affairs and of being behind the protests.
Montenegro received a formal invitation to join NATO in December, after which several years of negotiations were awaited. Defense Alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg called it a “historic decision” while Russia threatened revenge campaigns.