Montenegro police arrest SPC clergy after church ceremony held despite ban

Montenegro police arrest SPC clergy after church ceremony held despite ban

Montenegro police arrest SPC clergy after church ceremony held despite ban Izvor: Youtube/Острог Тв Студио
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Serbian Orthodox Church Bishop of Budim-Niskic Joanikije and eight priests were arrested following a church service on the feast of St Vasilije which was organized and attended by thousands of people despite the Montenegrin government’s ban on gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic

The police in the northern Montenegro town of Nikisic ordered Bishop Joanikije and the eight other priests to report to the local police station for questioning immediately after the church service, Podgorica Vijesti daily reported. The bishop and priests were ordered into police detention for 72 hours following the interrogations.

A dozen people protested, the daily said, but Slobodan Joknic, an archpriest, told them to leave and do nothing if they wanted to help because they didn’t have the bishop’s blessing.  

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