Serbia and Montenegro lawmakers squirmed and squirmed when two separate struggles occurred in the parliaments of the countries over the adoption of a law on property ownership by churches.
In Serbia, the problem began when opposition party leader Dveri Bosko Obradovic and fellow lawmaker Ivan Kostic came to the ground holding two banners with political accusations. One said "Serbia, why are you silent?" And the other – "Vucic and Milo – the twin brothers", which was an attack on Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and his Montenegrin colleague, Milo Djukanovic.
Several offended lawmakers tried to rip the flags from their hands. A fierce fight ensued, with more deputies joining the fray.
The fight was triggered by the adoption of a controversial religious law in neighboring Montenegro earlier in the day, which also led to a fight in the local parliament. The two republics of former Yugoslavia had existed as a single country since 1992, until Montenegro voted for independence in 2006.
Under the new law, all religious communities must prove ownership of all properties they owned before 1918, when Montenegro joined the Serbs to create a new state.
Opposition lawmakers attempted to stop voting on the law on Friday. This led to chaos, and police were called to detain some of the deputies.
According to the most recent reports, Montenegrin police arrested several opposition lawmakers after they tried to prevent voting on controversial religious laws. Despite the incident and outside protests, parliament is expected to adopt the law tonight. pic.twitter.com/nDOZ1VGTuG
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The legislation has sparked protests by supporters of the Serbian Orthodox Church, who fear it will be stripped of historic churches. The authorities denied that this happened.
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