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Oldest Orthodox church in Balkans defaced

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.b92.net/eng/news/crimes-article.php?yyyy=2008&mm=04&dd=07&nav_id=49177 Sandžak: Oldest Orthodox church in Balkans defaced 7 April 2008 | 12:12 |
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      Sandžak: Oldest Orthodox church in Balkans defaced
      7 April 2008 | 12:12 | Source: B92, Beta
      NOVI PAZAR -- A 9th century Serb Orthodox Church
      in Novi Pazar was last night sprayed with offensive graffiti.

      The priests at the St. Peter church reported this
      to the police and then informed the media. It is
      unclear from Beta news agency's report if ethnic
      or religious intolerance was behind the incident.

      The church walls were sprayed with offensive and
      vulgar messages, the priests said, and asked the
      police to urgently apprehend the perpetrator or
      perpetrators, which remain unknown.

      Meantime the Riaset, the seat of the Islamic
      Community of Serbia, led by Adem Zilkic',
      condemned this incident in the strongest terms, it was reported.

      The Riaset added that a desecration of any
      religious structure "sows the seeds of unrest",
      and that, "according to the Koran", it is "worse sin than murder".

      The Riaset also stressed it has good relations
      with the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC), and
      condemned the incident that took place in the
      multi-ethnic Sandžak, saying that "those who did
      it do not mean well to their people".

      "Bosniaks and Serbs have for years shared this
      common space by living in peace and tolerance,
      successfully resisting all temptations so far," the Islamic organization said.

      The St. Peter (Svetog Petra) church in Novi Pazar
      was built in the 9th century, and is the oldest Orthodox church in the Balkans.
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