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Montenegro Opposition Protesting Against NATO Membership on Voting Day (VIDEO)

© AP Photo / Risto BozovicAnti-NATO demonstrators hold a banner during a protest outside the hall before the parliament session in Cetinje, Montenegro, Friday, April 28, 2017
Anti-NATO demonstrators hold a banner during a protest outside the hall before the parliament session in Cetinje, Montenegro, Friday, April 28, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Anti-NATO activists in Montenegro, led by the opposition Democratic Front (DF), have begun protesting in the city of Cetinje, the historical capital of the country, where the parliament is currently convened to vote on the ratification of the nation's NATO membership, Radio and Television of Montenegro (RTCG) broadcaster reported on Friday.

A protester holds a banner that reads NATO forced me out of Kosovo after a protest described as a parallel parliament, ahead of April 28's parliament vote to ratify the Montenegro's NATO membership, in the village of Murino, Montenegro, April 26, 2017 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The meeting of the parliament began at 2:00 p.m. local time (12:00 GMT) and is being attended by the country’s president Filip Vujanovic and members of the government. The majority of the parliament (81 members) are supporters of NATO integration.

The protesters have gathered not far from the city’s Skupstina (parliament) and are under tight police control. The leaders of opposition claim that the number of protesters would be considerably higher if the police hadn't blocked the roads leading to the city, with one of the opposition lawmakers Nebojsa Medojevic calling the actions of the police "a shame."

An opposition supporter holds a banner that reads No to war - no to NATO during protest in downtown Podgorica, Montenegro, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Montenegro was invited to join NATO in December 2015, within the first expansion of the alliance into Eastern Europe in six years. Podgorica accepted the invitation on December 3, 2015, triggering protests in the country. The protocol on accession was signed by alliance members in May 2016, which then needed to be ratified by all member states.

On April 25, US President Donald Trump signed the protocol on Montenegro’s accession to NATO, which was the final step in ratifying the document.

Montenegro was bombed by NATO in 1999.

 

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