Montenegro clashes ahead of Orthodox Church leader’s inauguration

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Police have used tear gas on protesters in Montenegro attempting to block the enthronement of a new Serbian Orthodox Church archbishop.

Angry crowds threw stones at police and pulled down security fences around the monastery in the city of Cetinje.

Despite the protests the enthronement of Joanikije II went ahead on Sunday, local media reported.

The event has exposed divisions in the country, which ended its union with Serbia in 2006.

The Serbian Orthodox Church is Montenegro’s largest religious institution, but has been in conflict with President Milo Djukanovic. He claims the Church is trying to undermine the country’s independence and bring Montenegro back under Serbia’s control.

The president had urged protesters to disrupt the inauguration of Joanikije II to the top clerical position, known as the Metropolitan of Montenegro and Archbishop of Cetinje

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