Police detain protesters during a demonstration demanding
the resignation of the government in Podgorica.
Nine policemen were injured in Montenegro's capital
Podgorica when rocks were thrown from a crowd of several
hundred people demanding the resignation of the government, a
police spokeswoman said.
"We want to live, we want to work!" protesters angry about
high unemployment and the slow pace of economic reform
chanted in front of the government headquarters before being
dispersed with teargas. "We want them to resign!"
The demonstrators had no political backing but were
responding to a call on a Facebook profile entitled
"Revolution in Montenegro - everyone on the streets". The
profile disappeared during the course of the day.
Montenegro is the second former Yugoslav republic to see
street clashes in the past 10 days over a lack of jobs.
On Feb. 7, protesters across Bosnia set fire to government
buildings and fought with riot police in the worst civil
unrest there since the 1992-95 war.
Unemployment in Montenegro, a candidate for European Union
membership with a population of 680,000 people, is close to
15 percent, according to official figures. Nearly one third
of young people between the ages of 23 and 30 are out of
A recent Eurobarometer survey indicated that around 40
percent of Montenegrins see unemployment as the biggest