Large cross monument on Greek island levelled to the ground because it could be ‘offensive to Muslim migrants’
The ancient mythical Greek island of Lesbos (Lesvos), formerly one of the favorite tourist attractions of the country, is today better known as anchorage ground for human traffickers and the problems and conflicts that have arisen in connection with the boat traffic.
Local portal greekcitytimes.com reported that a large cross monument on the Greek Orthodox Christian island has been levelled to the ground. This after a group claiming to promote intercultural coexistence argued that the cross could be perceived as offensive to the predominantly Muslim boat migrants.
The cross monument was built on the cliffs of Apellia, beneath the castle of Mytilene, in memory of people who have died in the sea. According to the local coexistence group, however, the cross was offensive because many who have drowned, and many migrants on the island are not Christians.
The local newspaper on the island reports that the group has also received support from some aid organisations that expressed similar negative opinions about the cross-shaped memorial monument.
A letter was sent to the Island’s port minister and mayor, in which the coexistence group claimed that the cross was placed there to prevent migrants from swimming.
The letter stated that the initiators of the monument were “aspiring crusaders” with racist and intolerant motives who abused the Christian cross, which should be a symbol of love and sacrifice. And they therefore called for the monument to be demolished.
Just a few days later, at night, the whole monument was levelled to the ground. The demolished remains of the cross remain as rubble on the site. Who exactly did it is yet unknown.
The attack by the coexistence group on the monument and the demolition of it has aroused strong reactions in large parts of the local population who believe that the deed goes against the Christian religious beliefs shared by a majority of the inhabitants of the Island.