Greek protesters decry mark of the beast ID Cards
The Associated Press
ATHENS More than 2,000 Orthodox Christian
fundamentalists have gathered at Syntagma Square
in central Athens to protest at a government plan
to issue new electronic ID cards that would include biometric data.
The protesters charge that the state aims at
tighter control over its citizens and many
believe that the design of the cards includes the
number 666, the Number of the Beast described in the Book of Revelation.
Hundreds of Orthodox priests and monks and a few
dozen members of far right groups have joined the demonstrators.
The protest has been peaceful except for a brief
altercation with motorists when the protesters tried to block traffic.
Religious fundamentalists have held protests over
new-type ID cards since the 1990s, but the cards have not yet materialized.