The destroyed panes of the provost church were provisionally glued.  The damage is enormous.  Most of the perpetrators remain undetected and get away with it without punishment.

Churches in Saxony obviously need more protection: this year there has been repeated vandalism of the places of worship.

Leipzig – Godless vandals! Scribers and destroyers are currently mainly targeting the churches in the trade fair city. The State Criminal Police Office registered this year in Saxony so far 40 crimes of Damage to sacred buildings – more than half (21) of them in the Leipzig city area alone.

The destroyed panes of the provost church were provisionally glued. The damage is enormous. Most of the perpetrators remain undetected and get away with it without punishment. © Montage: Ralf Seegers, 123RF

The worst attack on a church this year was at the Catholic provost church of St. Trinitatis in the city center.

On a May night, a crook smashed the 20 meter long and three meter high panorama window, on which the Bible texts were worked in an extremely artistic and filigree manner. Provost Gregor Giele: “We are assuming damage in the six-figure range.”

In other churches, several stained glass windows were smashed by the current series, in other places messages were smeared on the walls with paint. “Fuck a fake God” was scratched across a large area on a door to the sacristy.

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So far, the police have not been able to establish a connection between the various attacks. In the experience of the investigators, there are many reasons for the motivation.

Dorothea Benndorf from the police headquarters in Leipzig: “There are not only political or religious motives for destructive behavior towards churches, but also anger and desire to destroy as well as behavioral problems.”

The Leipzig member of the state parliament Jörg Kühne (53, AfD) not only calls for the perpetrators to be put under lock and key. “We must at least think about constant video surveillance of our churches and sacred buildings in the country, which are so endangered.”

So far, this has not been considered either in the diocese or in the Evangelical Church. Tabea Köbsch from the regional church office: “But burglar alarm and security systems were installed for churches with particularly valuable equipment.”

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