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The streets of the Montenegrin capital Podgorica were calm late on Saturday night after the police quelled a violent demonstration organised by the opposition Democratic Front (DF), which involved several thousand people.

Rioting broke out shortly after 10pm when demonstrators attempted to gain forced entry into the National Assembly. They threw bottles, stones and flares at the police, who responded with teargas. Several people were injured on both sides.

DF leaders had asked National Assembly Chairman Ranko Krivokapic for permission to enter the National Assembly by the main door, which he refused for security reasons and directed them to a side door. The demonstrators rejected this and launched an attack on the police.

The police said that Andrija Mandic, a DF parliamentary deputy and one of the organisers of the demonstration, had been taken into custody.

The DF organised the protest rally to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and Krivokapic and the formation of an interim government. About 4,000 people attended the rally, carrying Montenegrin and Serbian flags and banners saying "Never in NATO" and "Military neutrality for Montenegro".

Demonstrators stoned the Albanian Embassy in central Podgorica. No major damage was done, and the attack was condemned by the Montenegrin government and Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati.

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