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30 December, 1997
The Church of the Virgin Mother on the island of Imvros was destroyed by vandals over the Christmas holiday, according to press sources in Mytilene.
The sources said vandals destroyed the church entrance and everything inside the church, situated on the southern end of the island.
The church had been renovated this past summer with funds donated by the Imvrians of the Diaspora.
Religious monuments on the Aegean island have been regularly destroyed by vandals over the past 20 years "without any arrests ever having been made," Michalis Mavropoulos, president of the Athens Association of Imvrians, told the ANA.
"The Turkish side must finally conduct investigations and arrest the perpetrators of these actions, otherwise we shall consider them accomplices in all the destruction caused so far but also in all such acts in the future," Mr. Mavropoulos said.
Source: Athens News Agency