On December 2, NATO invited Montenegro to start accession talks on alliance membership, to become the 29th member of the North Atlantic Alliance.
Immediately after that NATO flag was erected next to the flags of Montenegro and the EU, near the entrance to the city of Cetinje. Just five days later the NATO flag was set on fire.
This act is not surprising because the idea of accession to NATO does not have a lot of support among common people, wrote Aleksandar Milacic for Sputnik Serbia.
Even before the invitation by the alliance, citizens of Montenegro have expressed their opinion regarding the accession by holding protests in Podgorica, so last night’s event could have been anticipated. For many residents the flag still evokes memories of the bombs, air-raid sirens, sleeping in shelters, and innocent civilian casualties from the small city of Murina, Milacic wrote.
It should also be noted that the NATO flag was put up instead of the traditional Orthodox flag. This gesture, judging by the comments on social networks spurred anger amongst the people who viewed this as a brazen attack on the history and tradition of Montenegro.