Church at­tack.

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A court in Thes­sa­loniki yes­ter­day ac­quit­ted 25 in­di­vid­u­als ac­cused of barg­ing into and dis­rupt­ing a Sun­day ser­vice at the north­ern port city’s Aghios Grig­o­rios Pala­mas Church last sum­mer. The stunt was car­ried out to protest an op­er­a­tion by au­thor­i­ties to evac­u­ate the Me­gas Alexan­dros or­phan­age, which had been un­der oc­cu­pa­tion by anti-es­tab­lish­ment groups who were shel­ter­ing mi­grants and refugees. The court ruled on an ap­peal against an ear­lier ac­quit­tal of the 25. The prose­cu­tor that rec­om­mended their ac­quit­tal said it was not clear who among them had en­tered the church, while there was not enough ev­i­dence to sub­stan­ti­ate the claim made in the law­suit filed against them, that they in­tended to show dis­re­spect to re­li­gious sen­ti­ment. The de­fen­dants them­selves said that their sym­bolic ac­tions were guided by their sol­i­dar­ity with refugees and against the evac­u­a­tion of the or­phan­age, and not by any feel­ings of dis­re­spect to re­li­gious be­liefs.

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