Thessaloniki Court: Acquits Esphigmenou Monks
The Third Court of Appeals in Thessaloniki, Greece announced their decision and found no evidence that the Esphigmenou Monks were guilty of the charge of disturbing the peace. The incident took place back in 2005. Some of the incident was video taped by the Esphigmenou Monks, and it clearly shows a violent attack perpetrated "on them" and "not by them". The sinister attack on the monks of Esphigmenou with a sledgehammer made news around the world and video of it (see below) aired showing the shocking details. It was clearly an embarrassment for not only the Greek Government and Patriarch Bartholomew but also all those who opposed Esphigmenou. The over zealous prosecutor in Thessalonki, however, thought it a good idea to pursue charges. No charges shockingly enough were ever brought upon the sledgehammer wielding monks outside but only to the defenseless Esphigmenou monks held up behind the locked wooden door.
August 19, 2008
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From the US, first dial 011-30-23770 then the below numbers
From Europe dial 00-30-23770 then the below numbers
MONASTERY NAME TEL. NO. FAX NO
Dionysiou 23687 23686
Pantokratoros 23253 23685
St. Paul's 23250 23355
Simonopetra 23254 23707
Xeropotamou 23251 23733
June 10, 2008
The assault of Esphigmenou Monastery has been thwarted. Thanks to the many phone calls and emails to the Greek Government, the police forces have been recalled. Please continue to contact government officials both in Greece, USA and your own government to end the persecution of Esphigmenou Monastery.
May 23, 2008
Apparently the continued peaceful praying of the monks cloistered in their monastery has become too much to bear for the local Greek prosecutor, Vassilis Floridis. He has asked that the monks be forcibly removed from Esphigmenou monastery, the only home they know, and either thrown into jail, or discarded onto the streets of
In continued, non-stop harassment and vicious persecution of Esphigmenou by the Government of Greece, Patriarch Bartholomew and the imposter brotherhood on Mt. Athos, 7 Monks from Esphigmenou Monastery are to be put on trail this May in Thesaloniki, Greece for illegally occupying their own monastery.
Pictured above: The 2 Esphigmenou Monks are the latest deaths in a Greek Government blockade that is killing innocent monks.