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Violence marks controversy over building 200 churches in Moscow

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www2.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/1304b.html#12 Violence marks controversy over building 200 churches in Moscow SPECIAL FORCES BREAK UP PRAYER SERVICE
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      Violence marks controversy over building 200 churches in Moscow

      SPECIAL FORCES BREAK UP PRAYER SERVICE OF BELIEVERS SUPPORTING NEW CHURCH
      Interfax-Religiia, 8 April 2013

      OMON troops dispersed believers who had assembled on Saturday for a
      prayer service for the construction of a church on Molodezh Street in
      the Gagarin district of Moscow. "Many believers were injured as a result
      of the actions of police who were dispersing a prayer vigil,"
      Interfax-Religiia was told Monday at the office of the public
      association "We will protect Program 200."

      According to the news agency's source, cossacks and Orthodox athletes,
      who had come to the place of the events especially for ensuring the
      safety of the worshipers, were injured. As police officials stated, the
      reason for the dispersal was violation of legislation regarding mass events.

      "Police tried to arrest priest Dimitry Nenarokov, but believers formed a
      living ring around him and were able to push him to a vehicle and speed
      away," the association reported.

      In addition, believers were attacked by an organized group of
      unidentified persons. They shouted threats and insults, but none of them
      was arrested by police.

      A previous prayer service on Molodezh Street on 30 March ended with mass
      arrests by police of believers led by a priest. At the time of the
      prayer service, believers were subjected to attack by an unidentified
      group that threw pieces of ice at them and incited dogs against them.
      Earlier one of the women activists was beaten by an unidentified man
      during the prayer service. (tr. by PDS, posted 8 April 2013)
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