Serbian Orthodox Church Protests “Suffering” of Serbs in the Balkans

(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

BELGRADE, Serbia – Thousands of people protested in Serbia’s capital Wednesday against the alleged suppression of religious and other rights of Serb minorities in neighboring countries, answering a call to action by the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Orthodox priests led a procession through downtown Belgrade to the landmark St. Sava Temple, one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches, to pray about the “suffering” of Serbs living in Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia, Croatia and elsewhere in the Balkans.

The demonstration featured religious iconography, including Serbian church flags and paintings. “It’s Time For God’s Justice,” one banner read.

People hold Serbian church flags during a rally in central Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

The focus of the protest was a religion rights law adopted last month by the Parliament of Montenegro. Serbian nationalists claim the law, which took effect Wednesday, will lead to the impounding of Serbian church property in Montenegro. Montenegrin officials have repeatedly denied the claim.

Serbian nationalists used similar allegations of minority Serbs being mistreated in neighboring countries to fuel a bloody breakup of the former Yugoslavia during a civil war in the 1990’s.

Montenegro’s national security council said Wednesday that the country “remains secure despite the subversive activities from within and from the immediate neighborhood,” apparently referring to Serbia.

The Montenegrin law says all religious communities need to produce evidence of ownership of their churches from before 1918, when Montenegro joined a Serb-led Balkan kingdom and lost its independence and when Montenegro’s Orthodox Church was abolished.

People gather prior to a rally in central Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Montenegro split again from Serbia in 2006 but nearly 30% of its 620,000 citizens declare themselves to be Serbs and want closer ties with Belgrade. Montenegro defied another historic Slavic and Orthodox Christian ally, Russia, when it joined NATO in 2017.

Led by Orthodox priests and fueled by Serbia’s state propaganda, thousands of Serbs in Montenegro have been staging daily protests in the small Balkan state, demanding that the law be annulled.

Some 800 known public figures from the region, including writers, law experts, actors, opposition politicians and historians, have signed a petition against Serbian meddling in Montenegro’s internal affairs.

The petition states that Belgrade and the Serbian Orthodox Church have been working to “forcefully destabilize” Montenegro’s pro-Western government and jeopardize its independence.

People hold Serbian church flags during a rally in central Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

“With the political, church and media campaign of disinformation from Belgrade … peace has been seriously threatened not only in Montenegro, but throughout the region,” the document reads.

Montenegro has accused Russia and a group of Serb nationalists of being behind a 2016 coup attempt that was aimed at preventing the nation’s pending NATO membership. Moscow has denied involvement.

Montenegro also wants to join the European Union.

A man holds a flag showing Serbian Duke Lazar, who was killed at the Battle of Kosovo in June 1389, during a rally in central Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020.(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
People hold Serbian church flags during a rally in central Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
People gather prior to a rally in central Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
People hold an Orthodox icon during a rally in central Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
People hold Serbian church flags during a rally in central Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

4 Comments

  1. If memory serves me right ..is this not another U.S and Nato project to use religious jihadist of Saudi Arabia to fuel there invasion of Yugoslavia and the dismembership of Yugoslavia to make it an impotent country and dividing it us to serve the former German Nazis to reunite their allies with Germany in Croatia,and Give Bosnia to Saudi Arabian Muslim and of course..who can forget Kosovo..one of Bin Ladens pet project to bring his form of Saudi Sunni Muslim anti Christian religions!

    Now you understand .why all those countries are part of Nato now!

    Now you understand,.what C.I.A operative Bartholomew was collaborating with Geoffrey Pyatt and Victor Porchenko to do in the Ukraine to divide the Orthodox Church in the Ukraine and remove any connection to the Russia..the largest and most powerful Orthodox community in the world!

    You see..the U.S considers the Orthodox church in Greece and Eastern Europe a threat to their plans to take over Eastern Europe and ultimately in their dreams take over Russia!

    Like Hitler, who made the Jewish religion an enemy of the state and people of Germany, because he considered Jews a non loyal race to the German plans to conquers Eastern Europe and Russia . the Orthodox Church and its faithful in Eastern Europe have strong affiliations with the Russian Orthodox Church.which make them an enemy!

    It is U.S and Nato who wish to eliminate any religion who has an affiliation with Russia or promote service to
    God and his values!

  2. Well said, Michael Gianakos! It’s a sad thing that Bart never protested about the take over of Serbia’s Kosovo. Where was his outcry when NATO attacked the sovereign country of Yugoslavia?

  3. It is sad that of the many Americans who do not care for Bill Clinton, most of them are ignorant of his 1999 war against the Serbians, That undeclared war was surely his worst misdeed.

    1. Most Americans do not care now ..what George Bush Jr Barack Obama and Donald Trump continue what Billy Clinton did .and the Saudi built him a library to thank him and Hillary for their good work in Bosnia with Bin laden ..then officially on the payroll of the U.S government!

      John, you are wrong, the prototype for the degenerate country of America to wage war on the independent countries of the world…was Yugoslavia .a progressive country in Europe which demanded like mobsters allegiance and control to America and like mobsters when refused they make countries impotent for future growth by destroying them!

      John,must I remind you.another Clinton named Hillary would use the same game plan war of her husband ..to launch an undeclared war on libya! She would use the same propaganda lies to accuse the leader of libya against war crimes against his people, but in fact, he was fighting her Saudi Sunni Muslim Jihadist! There was no genocide!

      \ However, whether it is Greece or 80 other countries of the world where there are U.S bases filled with 890 bases, and ruled by Anglo Evangelical racist warlords intent on launching wars that dismember human beings and homes for power and money, there will always be a Geoffrey Pyatt running the independent countries of the world! I had hoped to escape America to sleep at night in Greece, where i was a part of country who did not wage wars of destruction, but Greece is now America all over.. and no relief for me!

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