On Sunday morning a masked group of three sympathizers disturbed services in the Cathedral of Cologne. Already this Friday there were demonstrators in Vienna's Stepensdom holding high a banner.
Cologne (kath.net/CBA/red) "Expressions of sympathy" for the anarchists in Moscow took place in Germany and Austria. On Sunday morning a masked group of three supporters disturbed the church service in the cathedral. At the beginning of the Eucharistic prayer, they stormed in after the offertory with colorful costumes towards the altar. With prayer-like gestures and slogans they tried to disrupt the Eucharist.
It added that it took a few minutes before cathedral security could usher the two men aged 23 and 35 and a 20 year old woman outside. Bishop Heiner Koch, who presided over the church remained standing at the altar during the disturbance. He then explained that they are also concerned with the people in Russia and join them in prayer. Above the main door of the cathedral there were three demonstrators who continued to protest with a banner which read "Free Pussy Riot".
As the Cologne police said on inquiry, there was a criminal complaint against the three disruptors for violation of the Assembly Act, tresspass and for disturbing religious worship. Restraining orders against the three were also issued. On Friday there were some sympathizers in Vienna Stepensdom as well who held up banners chants and slogans to disturb the church service, however, they were stopped quickly by the staff of St. Stephen's.
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