Serbian Orthodox Church
Since December last year, when Montenegro adopted its controversial law regulating freedom of religion, the country has been caught up in an ongoing crisis that has sparked street protests and caused serious tensions between the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro and its supporters on one side and the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists led by President Milo Djukanovic on the other.
Bishop Joanikije of Budimlja-Niksic. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Bishop Joanikije of Niksic and seven other priests were placed in custody for 72 hours on Tuesday for violating the ban on public gatherings after they and Metropolitan Amfilohije led a procession in the town to celebrate St Vasilije's Day on Tuesday with thousands of believers.
This means that the curfew in Serbia will last 84 hours during the Easter holiday.
This information was announced and confirmed by President Aleksandar Vucic, while being hosted in RTS.
As he said, the decision will be made soon.
"Citizens will be able to go to the shops and buy groceries for Good Friday, while Monday and Tuesday are non-working days anyway".
According to "Novosti", without launching the announced expert dialogue between legal teams of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral and the Government of Montenegro on controversial parts of the law that discriminate Serbian Orthodox Church, documentation on the status of religious buildings in Danilovgrad, Niksic and Gusinje had been issued by the property administration.