In the Montenegrin city of Budva, police officer Vuk Vukovich joined the procession in defense of holy shrines. Wearing civilian clothes, he participated in the procession of believers through the city, carrying a cross next to Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic.
Vuk Vukovich told the Vijesti agency that he would quit the police.
“I was a police officer for 17 years. I decided to take off my uniform because I realized I was actually guarding a bulldozer that would be used to destroy monasteries and churches of the holy Serbian Orthodox Church. I do not want to participate in this and be a part of such a team. First of all, I want to be the protector of the Church and the protector of the people,” said Vuk Vukovich.
He thanked his colleagues for their cooperation and noted that there are worthy people among the police who share his opinion.
Vukovich added that carrying a cross is pride and honor for any believer.
“The precious Cross is a sacrifice, and I accept it. I was raised in the spirit of Orthodoxy, in the spirit of holiness, I am proud of my ancestors, my surname, my Durmitor region, my ancient Herzegovina, my Montenegro,” he said.
The religious procession in Budva was held on June 21, 2020, the procession was led by Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic. According to the organizers, this was the most mass religious procession organized in Budva: more than a thousand people took part in it. The participants marched from the old city church of the Holy Trinity to the church of St. Petka.