Wayside Crucifix Demolished in Southern Styria

Country: Austria

Date of incident: September 2, 2017

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private

The figure of a crucified Jesus Christ was destroyed, left hanging without arms or legs, on a wayside cross on a hiking trail in the district of Harla. The vandalism was discovered during the weekend of September 2, 2017. The priest of the parish of St. Johann im Saggautal expressed the community's shock, noting that offertory boxes had been broken in the past, but this extent of violence against a crucifix is "shockingly new." A complaint was filed by the diocese.

Source: Kleinezeitung and Kath.net