"Threats sent" to Montenegrin accused of chauvinist outburstSource: B92, Vijesti
PODGORICA -- A Montenegrin man who last week threw a mother, her five children, and a nun out of his restaurant because they were Serbs says he has been receiving "threats".
Milo Kadija - who previously explained to the media that he had expelled his guests from the premises for their ethnicity - said that he reported the threats to the local police.
Podgorica-based daily Vijesti says that police took his mobile phone in an effort to determine where the alleged threatening text messages came from.
On Monday, the media reported that Kadija said he had decided to deny service to the two women and the five minor children because he was "a Montenegrin nationalists", who "cannot stand Serbs and the Serbian Orthodox Church".
Also on Monday, the Institute for Social Inclusion NGO filed criminal charges against him, accusing him of hate crimes.
"We expect the (Montenegrin) Prosecution to take appropriate official action in order to determine whether Kadija's actions contained elements of criminal acts motivated by intolerance," the group announced.
They also filed a complaint with the Montenegrin ombudsman in the wake of the chauvinist incident, saying that the restaurant owner's behavior was "a drastic example of open discrimination of citizens based on their ethnicity and religion".
Serbian vs. Montenegrin polenta
After speaking for Vijesti on Monday, Kadija spoke publicly again, this time for the Analitika website.
According to him, the two women and the children arrived at the restaurant and ordered "Serbian polenta", to which he replied that he served "only Montenegrin polenta".
The nun then allegedly wondered "how that was possible, when things here are half Serbian and half Montenegrin". Kadija said that he replied that "everything here is mine and Montenegrin", after which they "laughed and left".
Meantime, the restaurant owner said, "about 200 messages" arrived on his phone, containing "very coarse profanities" addressed at him, "Turks, Montenegrin men and Montenegrin women".
Kadija apparently denied that he told the Vijesti daily that he threw his guest out because he "does not like Serbs", by saying that he "works with Serbian agencies and employs Serbian waitresses".
Lastly, he announced that he had decided to press charges against the woman and the nun for "endangering the safety of him, his family, and his establishment.".