"Occupy Rome" Activists Destroyed Sacred Icons During Demonstration

Country: Italy

Date of incident: October 15, 2011

A group of youth who were marching as part of the anti-capitalist movement "Occupy Rome", detoured from the main stream of the parade, and made their way into Saints Marcellino and Pietro Parish, located between Labicana and Merulana streets. The youth, with their heads covered and handing sticks, broke into the parish house and took the statue of the Immaculate Conception and a crucifix. They carried the sacred icons outside the parish premises to the street, where both were destroyed and the debriefs left on the street.

Sources: http://roma.corriere.it/roma/notizie/cronaca/11_ottobre_15/madonnina-distrutta-condanna-1901836542849.shtml http://lugopress.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/black-bloc-frantumano-un-crocefisso-e-statua-della-vergine-%C2%ABgesto-blasfemo%C2%BB-portavoce-del-vicariato-%C2%ABatto-di-profanazione-che-non-ha-alcun-senso-non-ci-aspettavamo-violenza-contro-i/ http://2.andreatornielli.it/?p=2723 http://www.vicariatusurbis.org/