Attacks on the Parish Church of Navalcarnero, Madrid

Country: Spain

Date of incident: May 10, 2011

The parish church of “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción” suffered great damage on Sunday May 8, as several religious images made of plaster were destroyed. Local police arrested the assailant, a 35-year-old male local resident, who had made previous threats toward the church. As stated by Pastor Marcos Fermin, this is not only a financial problem for him - but bears also great emotional pain.

Among the many damaged images of plaster was the figure of San Isidro Labrador, which fest is traditionally celebrated on May 15. Mayor Baltasar Santos described the attack as "terrible and very serious," as this is not merely an attack on the heritage of the municipality, but also an attack on people's faith and the tradition of Navalcarnero. Sources of the pictures: