04 Apr 18
Montenegrins to Protest Against Wave of Violence
NGOs and citizens groups are calling for mass protests against the spate of car bombs and gangs killings in the capital, Podgorica.
|A car bomb expoloded in the Montenegro’s capital, Podgorica, on March 28, 2018. Photo: Anadolu/Milos Vujovic|
“Because of the killings and arson attacks that have become common in the country, a growing number of citizens of Montenegro feel deep personal, legal, property and other forms of uncertainty," the organizers said in a statement.
“As the competent authorities do not take effective measures to combat this, and in an atmosphere of fear in which killings and explosions have become a habit, citizens concerned for their personal safety, the safety of their families, but also general security, call on all Montenegrins to join the peaceful protest on Saturday," they said in the written statement.
Another protest was scheduled for Wednesday, when a group of ten NGOs will gather in front of the Interior Ministry, demanding urgent action against gang-related violence.
The Civic Alliance, an NGO, said it was time to pressure the authorities to deal with the issues, and with "solutions not rhetoric."
Top security officials admitted on Monday that the situation in the country was worrying after the latest bomb blasts and assassinations, having claimed the opposite for years. They said the “security situation had worsened as a result of the growing conflicts of organized criminal groups."....