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English13/05/2020

GOVERNMENT’S USE OF FORCE AGAINST CHURCH AND FAITHFUL UNACCEPTABLE

 

EAST SARAJEVO, MAY 13 /SRNA/ - Serb BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik has said that it is unacceptable that Montenegro uses forces and abuses the legal system in order to settle accounts with clergy of the Serbian Orthodox Church /SOC/.

 

“This is an additional blow on the SOC which proves that the Montenegrin state’s only plan is to devastate the SOC in Montenegro,” Dodik told reporters commenting on the arrest of His Grace Bishop of Budim and Nikšić Joanikije and seven SOC priests in Montenegro.

The Serb member of the BiH Presidency has said that Montenegro will have to face the will of the people who, even during the coronavirus epidemic, are fighting for their church and its property.

He says he is afraid that the Montenegrin authorities learned nothing from the imposition of the law on seizing church property in Montenegro, which should be repealed.

“They simply took another step - they incarcerated the Bishop and seven priests. In any case, this is unacceptable,” Dodik said.

The Serb member of the BiH Presidency has said that the coronavirus epidemic is but an excuse for their insolent behavior and settling of accounts with the people, the SOC and faithful in Montenegro.

Dodik has said that he today spoke with His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and told him that such behavior of the Montenegrin authorities is unique in Europe, which has also been hit by the coronavirus epidemic, but where priests are not being arrested. /end/sg