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Montenegro women protest cuts in state aid for mothers

  • Montenegro riot police guard the government building during a women's protest in Podgorica, Montenegro, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Dozens of women have braved cold weather to spend the night outside Montenegro's government headquarters in protest of cuts in state aid for mothers of three or more children — part of the government's austerity measures. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

    Montenegro riot police guard the government building during a women's protest in Podgorica, Montenegro, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Dozens of women have braved cold weather to spend the night outside Montenegro's government headquarters in protest of cuts in state aid for mothers of three or more children — part of the government's austerity measures. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman looks at Montenegro riot police as they guard the government building during a women's protest in Podgorica, Montenegro, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Dozens of women have braved cold weather to spend the night outside Montenegro's government headquarters in protest of cuts in state aid for mothers of three or more children — part of the government's austerity measures. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

    A woman looks at Montenegro riot police as they guard the government building during a women's protest in Podgorica, Montenegro, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Dozens of women have braved cold weather to spend the night outside Montenegro's government headquarters in protest of cuts in state aid for mothers of three or more children — part of the government's austerity measures. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)  (The Associated Press)

Dozens of women have braved cold weather to spend the night outside Montenegro's government headquarters in protest of cuts in state aid for mothers of three or more children — part of the government's austerity measures.

Financial help for some 21,500 women in Montenegro has been slashed by twenty-five percent amid efforts to tighten public spending. About half of the women on the list are jobless.

The protesters demanded Friday the government reverse its decision. They argued the state should save money elsewhere before reducing aid for mothers.

Hundreds of protesters broke through metal fences set by police Thursday. They held banners reading "Gentlemen from the government, beware of the women — mothers" or "Our children are hungry."