'Fire at the Vatican': Walls of Roman church defaced with graffiti

Country: Italy

Date of incident: April 24, 2024

On Wednesday, April 24, the walls of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in San Lorenzo, Rome, were defaced with graffiti, including anti-Christian slogans. 'Fire at the Vatican', 'Freedom to anarchists', 'Trans liberation', 'Get the church out of our pants' and 'Free Palestine' were some of the inscriptions on the walls.

Using cans and red, purple, blue and black paint, the vandals targeted not only the outside walls of the building, but also some surfaces that had recently been cleaned by a restoration company on the initiative of residents and volunteers. The graffiti also appeared on the pavement of the square. "We had repeatedly urged the police and carabinieri to take action against the phenomenon of defacing the neighbourhood," say residents. "But this time, too, they were allowed to act freely."

According to a reporter, several acts of vandalism were recorded in the capital on the day of the hearing of the anarchist Alfredo Cospito in Rome, all of which were traceable to the anarchist sphere. Besides the San Lorenzo church, the Tuscolana area was particularly affected - where actual riots with burnt bins, smashed shop windows and burnt cars were witnessed. 

Source: casilinanews.it  roma.repubblica.it  ilcorrieredellacitta.com

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