Man Filmed Attacking Cross in Austria

Country: Austria
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Private
Tags: Vandalism (form of hate crime)

May 08, 2017: A group of youths filmed a man as he attacked a life-sized Jesus figure on a cross in the church square of St. Marein. The man, identified by police as a "37-year-old from the Weiz district," first shook the cross to make it fall but when unsuccessful he then proceeded to rip out a wind organ from the ground and hit the cross with it. The man’s rampage continued within the church grounds as he broke the two glass doors of the parish and several flower pots before being arrested. Damage is estimated to be well over €15,000.

The video can be found here.

Source: OE24