2008 Podgorica protest

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2008 Podgorica protest
Date13 October 2008 (2008-10-13)
LocationPodgorica, capital of Montenegro
CauseMontenegro's recognition of Kosovo's independence (9 October)
Organised bySerb List (political alliance)
Participantsover 30,000
Non-fatal injuries34

On October 9, 2008, Montenegro recognized Kosovo's independence. This move by the Montenegrin government, opposed by many in the country, led to a protest rally in Podgorica on October 13 attended by over 30,000 people. The rally, held in front of the Parliament of Montenegro building, was organized by the Serb List, Socialist People's Party of Montenegro, People's Party, Democratic Serb Party of Montenegro, and other opposition parties. It was backed by Movement for Changes and the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and Metropolitan Amfilohije Radović was announced as speaker. Demonstrators demanded that the Montenegrin government and Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic rescind their recognition of Kosovo. They waved Serbian flags, chanting "Kosovo is Serbia" and other slogans against the prime minister and his cabinet, calling them ustashas and shiptars. At the end of the rally, riots broke out and small groups attacked riot police in front of the parliament building. The rioters were eventually driven back by police, and 28 people were arrested. 34 people were injured.

The opposition planned a second protest on 16 October, but the Montenegrin police said that no protests from the opposition would be accepted.

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