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Thousands march in Montenegro capital to demand president resign

PODGORICA: Thousands marched via Montenegro’s capital Podgorica on Saturday, the fifth such rally in two months, to call for the resignation of President Milo Djukanovic and his government over allegations of abuse of workplace, graft and cronyism.

Crowds of protesters led via civic and student activists walked through the centre of the city chanting “Milo thief” and “We are the state.”

The protests began after Dusko Knezevic, a businessman and a former ally of Djukanovic, accused the country’s long-serving president and his Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) of abuse of workplace and murky monetary offers.

Both Djukanovic and the DPS have denied the allegations however have stated the protests are legit until they flip violent.

Djukanovic, 57, has ruled the tiny Adriatic country for 3 many years, serving both as prime minister or president. The country, with a inhabitants of handiest 650,000, is a NATO member and a candidate for European Union membership.

“We need changes and after 30 years, I feel that each citizen understands ... that the remaining dictator should leave,” stated protester Ana Vujosevic, 45, from Podgorica.

Montenegrin prosecutors accused Knezevic of fraud and money laundering and issued an international arrest for the fugitive banker who fled to Britain.

Knezevic has stated he will produce extra evidence about alleged high-level corruption via Djukanovic and his allies.

Before it joins the EU, Montenegro should first root out organised crime, corruption, nepotism, bureaucracy and purple tape.

Montenegrin protesters stated they sought after opposition events to stay away from the rallies, stated Dzemal Perovic, a civic activist and a protest chief, mentioning what he referred to as their frequent bickering and what he described because the misgivings of folks in regards to the opposition.

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