Saturday 20 January 2018

Monks 'petrol bomb' bailiffs

Press Association

A group of monks facing eviction on Greece's monastic sanctuary of Mount Athos attacked court bailiffs with rocks and petrol bombs, according to civilian authorities.

No one was injured in the incident yesterday, outside the administrative offices of Esphigmenou Monastery, and no arrests were reported. The bailiffs withdrew from the site.

About 100 monks in the 1,000-year-old Esphigmenou monastery have been involved in a years-old dispute with the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, over his efforts to improve relations with the Vatican.

The monks have defied court orders to leave the monastery and allow church-appointed replacements to take over the site and the capital Karyes's offices about 15 miles to the south.

Irish Independent

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