Perpetrators Despoil and Damage Church in Villach

Country: Austria

Date of incident: March 1, 2022

On March 1st, unknown perpetrators broke into the Villach parish church and tore off the metal decoration of a picture of the Virgin Mary while also stealing five gold plated candlesticks worth several hundred euros. During the police investigation, two metal bowls from the holy water font were also found near the crime scene.

Christian Struger, OVP-Club chairman, ridiculed the act: “Religious goods are protected by society. And that applies to all religions that enjoy religious freedom on the basis of our Basic Law. Every criminal action in this prominent environment unsettles people, destroys their personal sense of security and puts a strain on living together.”

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