Thessaloniki and Trikala, Greece, February 19, 2020
Two young men have been arrested and charged with vandalism at the Saint Gregory Palamas Holy Metropolitan Church in Thessaloniki.
The incident occurred around 3:30 AM when the 24 and 22-year-olds splattered paint and scattered flyers at the busts in the Metropolitan Courtyard, reports Vima Orthodoxias.
The young men, members of the Thessaloniki Freedom Initiative, acted in protest against “obscurantism and nationalism.”
The news report below shows the extent of the damage:
Meanwhile, the Church of St. Stephen in Trikala, Greece, was also heavily vandalized with graffiti, reports orthodoxia.info.
The current church building dates to 1896. The historic Church of St. Stephen is where St. Ephraim of Nea Makri was baptized.
The graffiti includes an anarchy symbol and the words, “No Gods.”