Montenegrins protest corruption

2012-03-18 19:38

Podgorica - About 7 000 people have rallied in Montenegro demanding an end to alleged widespread corruption and better living standards.

Sunday's protest in the capital of Podgorica was led by union leaders and human rights activists, who called for changes in the tiny Balkan nation hoping to join Nato and EU.

The participants chanted "it's time" and "thieves," accusing the government of ties to organized crime. They called on Prime Minister Igor Luksic to "join the people and turn his back on the mafia".

Montenegro, an Adriatic nation of more than 600 000 people, became independent in 2006, after splitting from much larger Serbia. The country's economy has slowed down because of the global financial downturn.