Montenegrin Police Severely Kicked, Bludgeoned the Hierarch of the Serbian Church

The Montenegrin police kicked and clubbed the Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church Metodija (Ostojić) and several believers.

The police of Montenegro severely beat the Bishop of the Diocletian Serbian Orthodox Church, the abbot of the Cetinje Monastery Metodija (Ostojić) and believers who protested against the adoption of an anti-church law by the country’s Parliament, reports Sputnik News.

On December 26th the Parliament of Montenegro, despite the protests of believers and the Serbian Orthodox Church, adopted by a majority vote the Law “On Freedom of Religion and Belief and Legal Status of Religious Communities”.

Some believers of the Serbian Church who refuse to accept the adoption of the law and blocked roads in the cities of Budva and Niksic in protest were detained by the police.

In addition, on the bridge of Đurđevića Tara, which is located on the intersection of roads between the cities of Mojkovac, Žabljak, and Pljevlja, the police at night, during a protest, Diocletian Bishop Metodija (Ostojić) was severely beat up.

According to the press service of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral, “The Bishop and believers were thrown on the ground, then clubbed and kicked”.

As a result, according to the press service, “two believers who tried to protect him were wounded. One has a broken femur, the other has a broken collarbone, they were taken to Pljevlja Hospital”.

The commentary to the incident posted on the Metropolitan’s website states that “this act (beating up the bishop and believers) best confirmed the veracity of the words of Prime Minister Marković, who stated in Parliament that the police should not use force against believers.”

In addition, the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral believes that beating up believers also answers the question “what law on freedom of religion has been adopted and how free the church and believers in modern Montenegro are.”

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