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Reformation Wall in Geneva vandalised

The monument depicting Calvin, Farel, Bèze and Knox appeared covered in paint with the rainbow colours. The city files a complaint.

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus GENEVA 16 JULY 2019 10:32 h GMT+1
The paint on the Wall of Reformers, in Geneva, 15 July 2019. / Image: LemanBleu.ch

Toursits walking through the Parc des Bastions in Geneva (Switzerland) discovered on July 15 that the Reformation Wall had been vandalised.



The monument is one of the main touristic attractions of the city in which Jean Calvin, one of the key French Protestant Reformers, developed his work after 1536.



The wall, inaugurated in 1909, also honours the influence of Guillaume Farel, Théodore de Bèze and John Knox.



 



Tourists passing by the vandalised monument. / Image: LemanBleu.ch



The paint was thrown on the monument forming a rainbow, a symbol of the LGBT groups.



In the first reaction, the police said no-one had claimed the attack.



According to local website LemanBleu, the city council of Geneva will file a criminal complaint. Staff working in the park said the monument would be cleaned as soon as possible.



 



The paint was spilled on the monument from above. / Image: LemanBleu.ch



There have been a number of vandalic acts against the Protestant monument in the past. According to newspaper Le Matin, in March, feminist activists wrote a graffiti on the wall reading, “Where are the women?”


 

 


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F. Martins
18/07/2019
17:14 h
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This is completely unacceptable and Swiss authorities should take a clear and strong position against this offensive display of intolerance against Christian beliefs, Swiss history and public property. I fell personally offended by this public exhibition of dementia and promiscuity.
 

Will Graham
16/07/2019
12:37 h
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So sad. What a complete lack of respect for Protestants everywhere.
 



 
 
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