Underreported in the Western media, in the past few weeks there have been massive protests in Montenegro, involving as many as 150,000 people (that is, a quarter of its population).
What are they protesting about? Late last December, the Montenegrin parliament approved an EU-supported law allowing the state to seize church property in the absence of documents proving ownership from before 1918, when Montenegro joined the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (the predecessor of Yugoslavia). This Orwellian-named “Law on Religious Freedom is aimed against the Serbian Orthodox Church, which owns dozens of churches in Montenegro, many of them dating back to the Middle Ages, and which continues to be the church of identification for 70% of Montenegro’s Eastern Orthodox community. The primary beneficiary would be the Montenegrin Orthodox Church, which is considered schismatic in the wider Orthodox world (even so far as Istanbul Bart is concerned – for now, anyway).
Montenegrins are one of the fakest nationalities on the planet. In the words of one friend, Montenegro “is a Serbian Belarus, except imagine that 50% of Moscow comes from Belarus 3 generations back.” The movement to join Serbia in 1918 was Serbian nationalist to its core, even though Montenegro’s current elites now portray it as a Serbian “occupation.” Their separate nationality identity was created under Tito, which accelerated in the 1990s as the local nomenklatura – enabled by Milosevic’s sovok insistence on maintaining the Yugoslav federal structure – switched skins from Yugoslav federalism to local nationalism. Even today, the numbers of self-identifying “Montenegrins” fluctuates from census to census depending on the current level of svidomist propaganda that they are subjected to.
Incidentally, Montenegro has been de facto ruled by a guy called Milo Đukanović since 1989. The son of an apparatchik and protege of Milosevic, he began as pro-Serb, pro-Russian, and anti-NATO before flip flopping on all those stances. So, your typical post-commie opportunist. He has amassed a huge fortune despite having spent his entire life in politics, has brutally quelled protests against his authoritarian rule, boasted of disregarding public opinion (e.g. joining NATO without a referendum despite 72% of Montenegrin citizens wanting one), and pulled stunts like the absurdly fake Russian assassination plot to remain in power. Meanwhile, he remains the West’s best friend, who studiously avoid mentioning his democratist credentials so long as he maintains the correct geopolitical course (anti-Serb, anti-Russian).
These protests may be Serbia’s last chance to keep alive the hope of one day reversing the violent fracturing of their nation. But with history being rewritten to portray Montenegro as its own autochthonous civilization descended from the Principality of Duklja, a Montenegrin “language” being promoted that is indistinguishable from Serbo-Croatian apart from the usage of the Latin alphabet, intense integration into Western economic and security structures, the Atlanticist orientations of the people around Đukanović, the propaganda dominance of Montenegrin svidomists and their Muslim and Albanian allies (who constitute 20% of the Montenegrin population), the Serbian Orthodox Church is the last remaining barrier to Montenegro permanently drifting away from Serbia. They are Montenegro’s last faithful ones.