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Montenegro police clash with anti-gov’t protesters

Updated Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 | 5:59 a.m.

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Police in Montenegro have fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of stone-hurling anti-government protesters.

The demonstrators in downtown Podgorica, the capital, demanded the resignation of the government of long-serving Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic. They accuse his government of rampant corruption, unemployment and economic mismanagement.

Several policemen and demonstrators were injured and at least 10 protesters were detained in Saturday's violence.

The protesters are apparently voicing solidarity with Bosnian anti-government protesters who earlier this month stormed into the country's presidency and other government buildings in Sarajevo and set them ablaze over similar demands.

Montenegro, the tiny Adriatic sea state of 600,000 people, and Bosnia were part of the former six-republics Yugoslavia that broke up in civil wars in the 1990s.