Montenegro. According to
COUNTRYAAH, 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
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
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