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The glass door of a church in Vienna was destroyed with a hammer

On 27 August in the evening, on the fringes of a Syrian protest, a glass door of the St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna was smashed with a hammer.


The police, who were present due to the rally scheduled for the evening, immediately arrested the perpetrator armed with two hammers. The man was taken to hospital, in case he was suffering from psychosis;  police considered a connection with the demonstration unlikely.

Cathedral priest, Toni Faber, said he would make sure on Monday that there are no other damages. He said: “We are naturally horrified. The church sacristan has already filed a complaint and together with the fire brigade it is hopes that a provisional solution could be found.”

The motivation of the perpetrator remains unclear.


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