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    http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=11488124&PageNum=0 Estonia metropolitan denounces violence in Tallinn 01.05.2007, 09.11 TALLINN, May 1
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      Estonia metropolitan denounces violence in Tallinn

      01.05.2007, 09.11

      TALLINN, May 1 (Itar-Tass) - The head of the Estonian orthodox church
      of the Moscow Patriarchate, Kornily, the Metropolitan of Tallinn and
      All Estonia, denounced violence against people during the mass
      rioting in Tallinn. "To protest or not is a question of conscience of
      every person," Kornily said in his statement on Monday evening.

      The metropolitan believes that the government is to blame for these
      disorders: the excavations in the Tonismae Square were started before
      the anniversary of the end of the Second World War through its guilt.
      "The matter in question is not in the re-burial of the remains, but
      in the attitude to the memory. This sphere has been sacred for many
      years for those who know that the crime of Nazism against mankind is
      identified with abomination," Kornily emphasized.

      The metropolitan suggested that a cross should be put up where "the
      Bronze Soldier" stood.

      The Estonian metropolitan had warned the authorities before the
      shifting of the monument of unpredictable consequences of a re-burial
      of the remains of Soviet soldiers who had liberated Tallinn from Nazi invaders.

      Kornily stated that "although it is not forbidden to re-bury the
      remains of the dead from the orthodox point of view, such an action
      is untimely, since it will provoke negative passions, bitterness and
      hatred and can lead to unpredictable consequences," the press service
      of the Moscow Patriarchate reported.

      The monument to the Soviet liberator soldier of Tallinn from the Nazi
      occupation was dismantled on the night of April 26, which triggered
      off mass rioting in Estonia. Police detained since that day over
      1,000 people and dozens were wounded. Russian citizen Dmitry Ganin
      who defended "the Bronze Soldier", died.
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