St. John the Baptist Church in Lecce Vandalized With Offensive Graffiti

Country: Italy
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Morals
Area of case: Private
Tags: Insult or Incitement | Vandalism (form of hate crime)

February 16, 2015: The church of Saint John the Baptist in Lecce was vandalized. A statue of the Virgin Mary was spray painted in red and graffiti saying "God is a transgender" and that "Priests are pedophiles" was painted. Other graffiti clarified that the reason for the attack was the pro-family conference organized the previous week by organizations "Se alla famiglia" and "Alleanza Cattolica". Offending graffiti also attacked a judge and former deputy Minister Alfredo Mantovano, who spoke at the pro-family event.

Source: local source known to Observatory