Another church trashed by illegal immigrants on Greek island

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Becoming a near weekly tradition now, another church has been vandalised and attacked on the Eastern Aegean island of Lesvos.

This time it was the Virgin Mary of Tsiradou that was attacked yesterday near the town of Moria, the location of the infamous Moria Migrant Camp.

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This is only the latest incident and rather it has become extremely common for Greek Orthodox Churches to be vandalised and attacked by illegal immigrants on Lesvos.

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Greece has been the first point of entry into the European Union for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war or poverty at home, with most arriving on eastern Aegean islands from nearby Turkey.

Moria camp currently houses 19,000 people, almost seven times its capacity of 2,800 places.

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This latest incident on Lesvos follows other recent shocking events, including two gangs of Afghani immigrants battling each other, African immigrants ridiculing and coughing on police in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and thousands of olives trees being destroyed.

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Lesvos, as an island of only 90,000 citizens, has been one of the most hardest hit areas of Greece.

As a deeply religious society, these attacks on churches are shocking to the Greek people and calls to question whether these illegal immigrants seeking a new life in Europe are willing to integrate and conform to the norms and values of their new countries.

These continued attacks has ultimately seen the people of Lesvos, who were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016, become increasingly frustrated by the unresolved situation that has restricted and changed their lives as they no longer feel safe on their once near crime-free island.

Last month, the main entrance to the Saint Raphael church close to the Moria migrant camp was attacked too,  in addition to the attack on Saint Catherine, as reported by Greek City Times.


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