The Christian Cross that was taken down in Lesvos after co-existence groups claimed it was offensive to non-Christians on the island, has been raised again by locals who were outraged it was pulled down.
As reported by Greek City Times this week, the large cement Christian cross, which was built on the rocky shore of Apelli, under the castle of Mytilene in Lesvos, in honour of people that have lost their lives in the shore there was pulled down as a co-existence group based on the island claimed it was offensive to migrants who are not Christian.
“This act is illegal, unsightly (reminiscent of a grave) but mostly offensive to the symbol of Christianity, a symbol of love and sacrifice, not racism and intolerance,” wrote the NGO Group to the island’s Mayor.
Locals were outraged the Cross symbolising Christian faith was pulled down and said it’s unacceptable behaviour as the majority of people who reside on Lesvos are Greek Orthodox.
“That is an act of hate, whoever did this used a heavy object to deliberately pull it down,” said local resident Stelios Agas.
Locals who have just used rocks and pebbles to lift the Crucifix said they are now going to raise money to have the holy Christian symbol reinstalled properly.