At Least Five Madrid Churches Vandalized during International Women's Day Strike

Country: Spain

Date of incident: March 8, 2018

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith / Morals

Area of case: Anti-Religion or humanism groups

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, the church of Espíritu Santo, the church of San Cristóbal, the Hermitage of San Isidro, the military church of San Andrés, and the church of San Jorge in La Coruña were all defaced with pro-abortion and anti-Catholic graffiti. The vandals identified themselves as feminists who were part of the "8M" women's strike, young communists, or anarchists. Locks on some of the churches were sealed with silicone to prevent the faithful from entering.

During a march on the Somosaguas campus of Complutense University shouted "Let's burn the Episcopal Conference for machismo and patriarchy!" ("¡Vamos a quemar la Conferencia Episcopal por machista y patriarcal!"). "Free Abortion," "Yes Abortion," symbols with three genders and anarchist symbols were sprayed on the facades of the buildings.

The Archdiocese of Madrid expressed its sorrow over the attacks on the patrimony of the faithful and condemned discrimination and violence, noting that real equality would only be acheived through respect for every person and their beliefs.

Sources: ActuallArchdiócesis de Madrid, Twitter page of COPE Coruña, Twitter page of witnessTwitter page of witness

Photo with the permission of Archdiócesis de Madrid