33 arrests on Lesvos following illegal erection of Holy Cross

first_imgGreek police arrested 33 people on the Aegean island of Lesbos on Saturday after the group tried to erect a huge metallic Holy Cross at Apelli, at the foot of the castle of Mytilene.The group raised the metallic cross on the same spot where another cross once stood but was destroyed by vandals in October 2018.The group carried a large Greek flag and worked overnight to carry the cross before they were taken into custody.The incident has divided the island.Following the arrests, an announcement was made by the group called, Movement of Free Citizens of Lesbos. They were critical of the radical left-wing Syriza government for its opposition to the raising of the cross. They state that the government’s ultimate goal is the destruction of every Greek and Christian element of Orthodox culture.Other groups, such as the NGO known as the “Movement for Coexistance and Communication in the Aegean” said that it was wrongful to use the Christian symbol as a “tool of aspiring crusaders”. They also argued that the ulterior motive of the placement of the cross was to prevent migrants from swimming in the area.  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more