February 27, 2019 - Organizers of Civic Protests "97000-Odupri se" (Resist!) have said they will not negotiate with Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic. They say they expect only irrevocable resignation from him.
After the session of the Council for monitoring the electoral program of Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), Djukanovic said that if the protest organizers are interested, he would accept "any healthy dialogue initiative".
"Calls to buy time do not interest us. The president of the citizens cannot negotiate, but only listen to them, and we have already sent our messages. We look only at the invitation by Milo Djukanovic announcing an irrevocable resignation, which is one of our basic requirements. Such a move is only acceptable to citizens, good for society and institutions, and relaxing for him," the protest organization committee said, answering the question whether they would seek a meeting with Djukanovic.
Several thousand demonstrators organized a protest march in Podgorica for the third time last Saturday, demanding the resignation of the president of the state Milo Djukanovic, Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnic, RTCG Council and General Director of Public Service Bozidar Sundic, and the release of state institutions from party pressure.
Djukanovic said earlier that he would not resign, and questioned how he perceived the protests in which his retreat was being sought, assessed that they were a legitimate expression of citizens.
"It is important that they do not be violent on these occasions, because then they risk being in conflict with the state. The elections in this country should work in accordance with democratic rules, and everything else that citizens propose, which leads to the improvement of the quality of life, we will consider responsibly, "said Djukanovic after the session of the Council for the Election of Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS).
Text by Samir Kajosevic, Vijesti