Memorial cross torn down in Lesvos has been replaced

Lesvos, Greece, October 19, 2018

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A memorial cross on the Greek island of Lesvos has been re-erected after it was torn down two weeks ago.

The cross was originally erected on the shore of Apelli, under the castle of Mytilene in Lesvos in early September in honor of the people who have died swimming there. It was soon pulled down by a co-existence group that claimed the cross is offensive to non-Christian migrants.

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The group believed the cross was meant to prevent migrants from swimming there. The group wrote in a letter to the mayor of Lesvos: “A few days ago they placed at Apeli of Mytilene a large cross, in order to prevent other people (refugees and migrants) from coming to swim. 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.”

The cross was then desecrated and torn down overnight.

But now, according to photographs published on and, the cross has been replaced.

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