Montenegrin members of Parliament Andrija Mandic and Slaven Radovic were arrested last night after anti-government protests of the opposition coalition «Democratic Front» in Podgorica, said local police.
The opposition demanded the resignation of Milo Djukanovic’s Government, who is accused of corruption, and the formation of a transitional government with the participation of all parliamentary parties. The action bore the peaceful nature, turned violent near the parliament building, when some MPs descended from the rostrum and approached the police cordon, requiring to let them get to their workplaces through the main entrance of the establishment. The requirement was not fulfilled. Later it became known that the Speaker of the Parliament Ranko Krivokapic on the phone offered the protesters to enter the building through another entrance but it was categorically rejected.
During the rally MP Mandic was the first who called his colleagues to go to workplaces through the police ranks. Shortly before the riots Radunović said into the microphone that the police have 10 minutes to let the people’s representatives come in, otherwise the organizers «are not responsible for what happens».
Numerous participants of the protest movement became witnesses of this, some of which began to provoke the police cordon throwing various objects less than in 10 minutes. After that the police used tear gas, stun grenades and armored vehicles to disperse the demonstrators near the Parliament building and continued to chase them throughout the city.
According to official data, 15 policemen and 25 civilians sought medical attention. During the riots in the center of Podgorica were broken windows of some shops and other commercial establishments, damaged traffic lights and garbage containers. According to RIA News journalist, the smell of tear gas could be felt in the city center even few hours after the police operation. There’re no official reports on any detained except MPs.
According to police, protest was attended by no more than eight thousand people. Organizers estimated the number of 20-30 thousand.