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A church was smeared with anti-Christian graffiti in Rome

On Wednesday, April 24th, the Church of the Immaculate Conception in San Lorenzo, Rome, fell victim to vandalism as graffiti, including anti-Christian slogans, marred its walls.


The defacement, featuring messages such as ‘Fire at the Vatican’, ‘Freedom to anarchists’, ‘Trans liberation’, ‘Get the church out of our pants’, and ‘Free Palestine’, was carried  out using cans of red, purple, blue, and black paint. The perpetrators not only targeted the exterior walls but also defaced surfaces recently cleaned by a restoration company, including parts of the square pavement.

Residents and volunteers, who had taken the initiative to clean the area, expressed frustration, citing repeated appeals to law enforcement to address the vandalism issue in the neighborhood. However, their pleas seemingly went unheeded, allowing the vandals to act with impunity.

Reports indicate a surge in vandalism across the capital on the same day as the hearing of anarchist Alfredo Cospito in Rome, with the acts predominantly linked to the anarchist sphere. Beyond the defacement of the San Lorenzo church, the Tuscolana area bore the brunt of the vandalism, witnessing riots characterized by burnt bins, smashed shop windows, and torched vehicles.




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