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Pussy Riot has got to Georgia

2012-09-17 21:13

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Yesterday, an initiative group of Georgian citizens conducted an action directed against the desecration of the temple by a feminist caricature. The action was held outside the Orthodox church of Kvashveti in Tbilisi. Unidentified persons have drawn St. Nino, holding a sheet with the words "FREE Pussy Riot". Activists called on the authorities to make efforts to find the perpetrators of this act of vandalism. "Everyone should know that the actions possible in Russia are quite impossible in Georgia. We do not need such a provocation", say the protesters.

No one, even the local clergy, knows when the caricature has appeared on the low wall in the church yard. Someone calls the 9th of September, someone the 10th. The church is located in front of the parliament building.

Caricature of St. Nino was painted by unknown persons at the bottom of the wall. St. Nino is holding a piece of paper with an inscription "FREE Pussy Riot". By the time of the action the image erased, but the trail has left. An initiative group of citizens of Georgia has appealed to the Georgian Public Defender Giorgi Tugushi and Justice Minister Zurab Adeishvili demanding to find and punish the offenders: "We, the citizens of Georgia, are concerned by the fact that the authorities have made no attempt to find and arrest those criminals who dare to desecrate the church and the icon of Saint Nino".

"In regard of the incident, we ask you, Mr. Ombudsman and the Minister of Justice, to give a real assess of the case, conduct an investigation and punish those responsible, in order to prevent such blasphemy which are causing a split in the community. The ignoring of these facts encourages the vandals to the next steps. No one can say with certainty that the next step would be designed to break into the church and perform a punk-prayer, defiling the Cross. And this will cause adverse reactions in our community".

Simultaneously with the action and the reading of the appeal to the Ombudsman and to the Minister of Justice outside the Kvashveti Church there was being conducted the preparing for the wedding ceremony. I have asked the guests sitting on the benches about their view on the incident.

- What do you think about the caricature for St. Nino?

- Of course, this is blasphemous. Georgia has such attitude to the saints and women in general, that I simply do not understand how this could happen. I think the offenders did not give special meaning to their actions, inspired by the popular girls from Russia. I'm sure this was made by girls. Georgian man would not have done this.

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