Home Page
 
news 04 Apr 14

Anti-NATO Activists Hold Rally in Montenegro

Opponents of the government's drive to join NATO - which they blame for bombing Serbia in 1999 - have called a rally in the capital, Podgorica.

Dusica Tomovic
BIRN
Podgorica

A coalition of NGOs called "No to War, No to NATO", have called a protest for Friday in Podgorica’s main square, aiming to send "a clear message" that Montenegro should not join the alliance.

Organisers said people should raise their voices against the "aggressive and criminal policy of the alliance.

“We will show that the people of Montenegro respect and do not forget the victims of NATO. We do not agree to being part of the alliance,” the organisers said in a statement, referring to the NATO air campaign against neighbouring Serbia in 1999, which forced Serbian forces to withdraw from Kosovo.

Ethnic Serbs and pro-Serbian parties remain staunchly opposed to the alliance, while the country's pro-Western government is equally determined to sign up.

The government of Milo Djukanovic has said that gaining membership of the alliance is one of its top foreign policy priorities - and hopes for an invitation at the forthcoming NATO summit in Wales, in Britain.

A recent opinion poll suggested that most Montenegrins are still against joining NATO, however.

The "No to War, No to NATO" coalition is supported by 32 NGOs, including the Association of the Internally Displaced from Kosovo and organisations that advocate for the rights of the Serbian community in Montenegro.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Related Headlines:

serbian-journalists-stage-support-protest-for-newspaper-owner-09-19-2017
19 Sep 17

In Pictures: Serbian Journalists Rally for Hunger-Striking Editor

Serbian journalists gathered on Tuesday in front of the government building in Belgrade to show support for Vukasin Obradovic, founder of independent weekly Vranjske novine, who has gone on a hunger strike.

19 Sep 17

Serbian Newspaper Owner Goes on Hunger Strike

19 Sep 17

Suspected Kosovo War Victim Exhumed in Albania

19 Sep 17

Managing the Last Days of Milorad Dodik

Premium Selection

albanians-query-wisdom-of-slimmed-down-government-09-18-2017
19 Sep 17

Albanians Query Wisdom of Slimmed-Down Government

Edi Rama has honoured pledges to cut bureaucracy by radically trimming the size of the cabinet – but some fear the new ‘super-ministries are taking on more than they can handle.

wine-lovers-paradise-in-vibrant-zupa-region-09-15-2017
18 Sep 17

Wine Lovers’ Paradise in Vibrant Zupa Region

Wine fountains, grape-stomping and open air concerts bring Serbia’s main wine-producing region to life every September.