“Not a legitimate means of expression.”

After a paint attack on the Bremen St. Martinikirche in the night to Sunday the state protection of the police examines a confession letter. It had been received on Monday at the Bremen TV news magazine "buten binnen".

This is reported unanimously by the Radio Bremen station and the police. According to the investigators, it comes from a group close to the "Flinta persons" – the abbreviation stands for women, lesbians and non-male persons.

Blue and purple paint distributed over a large area

The inner city church is the former place of worship of pastor Olaf Latzel, who was convicted of incitement of the people. According to their own statements, the authors took the International Women's Day as an opportunity to "beautify" the church with paint. According to the police, images from a surveillance camera show how four masked people around 2.30 o'clock with converted fire extinguishers spray the outer walls of the church.

In the process, they spread red, blue and purple paint over large areas and also soiled historic church windows. Senior Bremen theologian Bernd Kuschnerus on Monday criticized such attacks as unacceptable: "They are not a legitimate means of expression in a democracy," said the pastor and secretary of the Bremen Evangelical Church.

Verdict against Latzel not yet legally binding

Pastor Olaf Latzel had been sentenced in November last year before the district court of the Hanseatic city for incitement of the people to a fine of 90 daily rates of 90 euros each. The court found that he had incited hatred against homosexuals and attacked their human dignity in a marriage seminar. The verdict is not yet final because Latzel has appealed. Pending a final decision, church leadership temporarily removed him from ministry; church disciplinary proceedings initiated months earlier are suspended.

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