Some 50 Christian statues in Coesfeld, a small borough of North Rhine-Westphalia, have been vandalized. Police suspect the wave of attacks in the area are motivated by religious ideology. (Ya think?)
Protothema In late October and early November the noses and fingers were smashed off numerous statues, while several figures have had their heads beaten off entirely. Local residents were dismayed after the head of a statue of St Francis, which had stood in front of the Clara-Stift nursing home, was found in a nearby bush with its facial features bashed in. The latest attack was on a Jesus statue in Havixbeck.
Coesfeld is a city in a heavily Catholic area and also the most populated state of Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia. It is also the most heavily Muslim area of Germany, as 1 in 3 Muslims in the country live there.
Local newspaper the Westfälischen Nachrichten reported that “not a day goes by” without attacks on religious statues in Dülmen, a town of less than 50,000 people, and the immediate surrounding area.