Syrian Women Vandalized Church in Rennes-le-Château
Date of incident: April 23, 2017
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Islamist / Private
On the morning of April 23rd, a young Syrian women vandalized the church of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. The woman, dressed in a white cloak and face hidden behind a Venetian mask, attacked the holy water font with an ax, decapitated the famous "red devil" (a statue of the demon Asmodeus from the Old Testament), and placed a Quran next to his chopped-off arm. She then lacerated the bas-relief of Mary Magdalene's altar in front of shocked witnesses.