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Man Arrested for Crashing Greek Easter Service, Screaming in Arabic

ATHENS – An Easter service at a church in the Agios Panteleimonas area of the Greek capital was disrupted by a man who burst in, grabbed a microphone and started shouting in Arabic before he was removed and arrested.

He wasn’t identified, nor what he said or a motive, but Civil Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos tweeted that, “The Arab man who created a problem in the Church of St Panteleimon was arrested. Everyone owes respect to our religious service,” reported Kathimerini.

Video footage of the incident showed two members of the church take him away after he shouted shouted phrases in Arabic through a microphone that’s used in churches for services.

The head priest was seen telling the churchgoers to remain calm and not be frightened and there was no indication that a more serious threat could have emerged nor what the man’s intent was.

Greece financed a mosque for Muslims in Athens and despite complaints from some far-right groups about trying to stop it, even with violence, there haven’t been reported incidents of troubles over religious differences.

 

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