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More crosses in India’s Goa state were found desecrated earlier this week. Dozens of crosses in Goa have been desecrated since the beginning of July. Two weeks ago, a Christian man was arrested by police in connection with the desecrations with many Christians calling the arrest a cover up. Now, with more crosses being desecrated while the Christian man was still in custody, many Christians in Goa are calling these cross desecrations an attack on their community. 

07/30/2017 India (Asia News) – More destroyed crosses and another desecrated cemetery. This is what happened on July 25 in the state of Goa, where vandalism in the sacred places of the Christian community has been ongoing since the beginning of July.

The latest episode, most likely perpetrated to intimidate the religious minority, happened on July 25 at the Caranzalem cemetery, where some crosses were destroyed near the Chapel of Our Lady of Fatima. All this confirms even more the unfounded allegations against Francis Pereira, the Catholic who was arrested two weeks ago charged with the attacks. On July 25, he was in prison.

The damage to the cemetery was discovered when a Christian named Silveira went to pray at the graveside of his wife, who died about six months ago. Shocked for the destruction of the Cross above his wife’s grace and those of at least another twelve, he raised the alarm.

Local witnesses report that the burial site was intact when Pereira was arrested by Curchorem police. The agents are onsite and are now investigating a supposed Catholic involvement already in the arrests.

Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (Gcic), affirms to AsiaNews: “Christians are easy targets. Pereira’s arrest is just a smoke screen to divert attention from the deep suffering of Christians.”

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