On Wednesday night a Palestinian culture-enricher damaged and decapitated a statue of the Virgin Mary near Venice. No motive for the desecration has yet been determined, but it is thought that the misguided “youth” may be mentally ill.
Below is an article about the incident from ANSA:
Statue of Madonna Decapitated Near Venice
Palestinian, 31, charged with offending religion
(ANSA) — VENICE, 26 NOV — A statue of the Madonna at Marghera near Venice had its head and hands lopped off overnight, police aid Thursday.
A 31-year-old Palestinian has been arrested on charges of defacing the statue after being caught on CCTV.
He has been charged with “offending a religious faith via damaging property”.
Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro issued a firm condemnation of a “cowardly act, aimed at wounding our sensibilities”.
The Palestinian is a regular immigrant with a refugee travel document issued by Belgium, police said.
|00:00||A grim and shocking show, for those who believe in that symbol|
|00:04||and the sense of community of belonging that was deeply wounded by an act of vandalism.|
|00:08||Without head and without hands, almost playing out the violence of an execution,|
|00:13||the rage poured out on a mutilated statue,|
|00:16||that of the Madonna [Virgin Mary] in Giovannacci Square, historical for Marghera.|
|00:19||On the one hand, the “slaughter”, on the other the perpetrator. That would be a 31-year-old|
|00:24||Palestinian, legally in Italy, with a travel document|
|00:28||for refugees, issued in Belgium, who has been charged with|
|00:32||the crime of “offense against a religion by material damage.”|
|00:37||The motive is as yet unclear why he threw himself with such brutality against a statue,|
|00:42||a symbol of faith, whether it is a case of mental imbalance,|
|00:45||or he acted by virtue of a religious milieu. All hypotheses are still being examined,|
|00:49||but the perpetrator has been identified, thanks to information from a citizen who|
|00:54||was present at the scene, and confirmation by a video surveillance camera.|
|00:58||The condemnation was strong on the part of the municipal administration for a “vile act,”|
|01:02||Mayor Luigi Brugnaro commented, “which wounds our sensibilities.”|
|01:07||The sensibility of the community of Marghera is outraged by such a “slaughter”.|
|01:12||It is really an ignoble act, a violent act, an act that for us, is intolerable|
|01:17||because of what the Virgin Mary obviously represents in our locale for Christianity,|
|01:21||and also what that statue represents for the community of Marghera,|
|01:25||something that Marghera is very attached to. The mayor|
|01:28||immediately became involved, and we will move quickly|
|01:32||to see that it is installed and repaired. In the meantime, however,|
|01:35||we hope there will be a suitable punishment for this person.|
|01:38||The administration immediately sent public works technicians|
|01:42||to see that the statue is repaired and restored to its original splendor.|
|01:45||But it will take time to heal the wounds of those who from time to time went there to pray.