A large cement cross on the rocky shore of Apelli in Lesvos, Greece drew backlash from a coexistence group. The group criticized the cross as being offensive to migrants who are not Christian. Just days after the group voiced their criticism, the Christian symbol was torn down to appease the group’s desires.
The coexistence group sent a letter to the Harbour Minister of Lesvos and the Mayor of Lesvos, reports Greek City Times. In the letter, they complained the cross was placed on the shore “in order to prevent other people (refugees and migrants) from coming to swim,” into Greece. The erection of this cross was deemed “offensive to the symbol of Christianity, a symbol of love and sacrifice.” For instead, this cross was being used as a symbol of “racism and intolerance.”
The letter went on to request, “Please we ask for you to get rid of this inappropriateness of a religious symbol in a swimming site and its conversion into a tool of aspiring crusaders.”
Greek authorities complied with their request, and the Cross no longer stands tall on the shore of Apelli.
UPDATE: Greeks Christians fight back. The Cross has been propped up by surrounding boulders.