Mt. Athos Monks Refuse to Be Taxed
Mt. Athos Monks Refuse To Be Taxed
Dabilis on May 12, 2013 in
Leaders of the Holy Mountain on Mt. Athos are threatening to
exclude politicians from their functions of the holy site for the
100th anniversary of its incorporation into a state entity in October
if it is not exempted from taxes forever.
During a recent meeting with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens, the
cleric leaders demanded the special status, but it was not publicized.
A government representative, Takis Baltakos, was sent to meet the Mt. Athos
officials and calm them while attending functions for the fare of St. George at
the Xenophon Monastery and meet officials.
“We made this clear to the Prime Minister as well, regardless of the fact it
wasn’t publicized. We will not accept any politician in celebrations if this
isn’t immediately solved and indeed with the legislative regulation that will
stand forever,” a monastery official stated to the newspaper Ethnos.
He added, “The discussion with the Prime Minister was vague but we are not
satisfied by this. We want special commitments that will stand for life.
He said that during the celebratory functions it will be stressed that Mt.
Athos is self-governing. Last November, during the 100th anniversary
of the liberation of the peninsula of the area from the Ottoman Empire at
Karyes, the only government officials invited were naval Vice-Admiral Kosmas
Christides and other naval officers.
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