Montenegro MPs held after violent protest over religion law

More than a dozen opposition MPs were detained in Montenegro's parliament Friday after they violently protested a controversial law on…

More than a dozen opposition MPs were detained in Montenegro’s parliament Friday after they violently protested a controversial law on religious freedom, which was passed after the group was taken away.

The law has raised tensions in recent weeks between the government and a pro-Serb opposition which is close to the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC), Montenegro’s main religious body.

The most sensitive piece of the legislation is a clause requiring religious communities to prove ownership of properties from before 1918, when Montenegro lost its independence, in order to keep them.

The SPC, which runs hundreds of monasteries on tracts of valuable land throughout the tiny country, has accused the government of trying to appropriate church heritage and purloin its assets.
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