“Get them out of our republic, they are just turning people into zombies”
One woman says in the video below as she talks about how terrible “sects” are and how they should be kicked out of Donetsk People’s Republic.
(“Sect” is a general term used mainly by Russian Orthodox that can refer to almost any non-Russian Orthodox religion)
Another man speaking through a megaphone states:
“We have found our calling, we are Slavic people and we have a Slavic faith, we are all Russian, we are Orthodox Christians… we say ‘no’ to sects, we say ‘no’ to those who bless the war with their deceptive principles!”
The people begin to chant:
“NO SECTS, NO SECTS, NO SECTS!”
In the background people hold up signs. One reads:
“Greek Catholic Church -Bringer of anti-republic movement”
A young man tells the camera:
“We came here because we disagree with the politics of these sects, they are bringing values that don’t fit our ideals.”
This might be a good time to remind you of a video documentary done last year about Churches in Donetsk People’s Republic which revealed the government’s antagonistic approach to anything but the Russian Orthodox Church.
I also wrote about this October when the Church in Krasny Luch came under attack by local officials.
While it seemed the last couple of months had provided a lull in this type of activity, this new protest is worrisome.