Re­li­gious sites hit in 2015

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A re­port con­ducted by the gov­ern­ment’s Sec­re­tar­iat for Re­li­gious Af­fairs – the first study of its kind to be con­ducted in Greece – found that re­li­gious sites were the tar­get of 147 at­tacks in 2015, with the ma­jor­ity be­ing con­nected to the Greek Or­tho­dox faith. Ac­cord­ing to the fig­ures com­piled by the sec­re­tar­iat’s De­part­ment for Re­li­gious Free­doms, of the to­tal, 137 at­tacks were against Greek-Or­tho­dox churches, five tar­geted Mus­lim com­mu­nity cen­ters, four were against Jewish sites and one at a Catholic church. How­ever, the ma­jor­ity of the at­tacks on Or­tho­dox sites con­cerned thefts from churches, while those at Mus­lim sites – mostly makeshift mosques – were acts of van­dal­ism or in­tim­i­da­tion, such as fire­bomb­ings. All four of the at­tacks against Jewish sites in­volved anti-Semitic slurs be­ing graf­fi­tied on graves and mon­u­ments.

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