Vandals deface the picture of the Polish Black Madonna within the Dutch metropolis – Bible Type

Vandals deface the picture of the Polish Black Madonna within the Dutch metropolis

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The mayor of a Dutch city has condemned vandals that blurred a picture of Our Lady of Częstochowa and stained the letters “BLM” underneath.

Paul Depla, the mayor of Breda, a city in the south of the Netherlands, said the incident was "particularly sad for the Polish community, for whom the monument is of great value," the Dutch regional newspaper BN DeStem reported on June 22.

The image of Our Lady, worshiped by the Poles and also known as the Black Madonna, was created in a park in Breda in 1954 to thank for the liberation of the city from the Nazis.

The Polish 1st Armored Division, commanded by General Stanisław Maczek, liberated the city on October 29, 1944. After the war, 40,000 residents of Breda signed a petition to grant Maczek Dutch citizenship. When Maczek died in 1994, he and his fallen soldiers were buried in a cemetery in the city

The Black Madonna in Breda was blurred and destroyed with the letters BLM.

The mosaic is dedicated to General Maczek's Polish soldiers who liberated the city from the German Nazis in 1944.

We denounce this act of vandalism, which is offensive to Poles and Catholics.

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– Visegrad 24 🇨🇿🇭🇺🇵🇱🇸🇰 (@ visegrad24) June 23, 2020

The organizers of a recent protest for racial justice in the city also regretted the vandalism.

Spokesman Patrick van Lunteren told BN DeStem that the organizers did not know who did the crime.

He said: "It hurts the Polish community and it is not the intention (of the demonstration). People are now open to dialogue, but with such actions you lose compassion. "

BN DeStem also reported comments from Frans Ruczynski, a former chairman of the General Maczek Museum, which commemorates the city's liberators.

"It is very insulting to the Polish community," the newspaper quoted him.

“The Poles are very religious. Every Sunday they go to church in Breda with hundreds. Why do you wanna hurt her We don't know if it comes from the left or right corner. But when it comes to Black Lives Matter, I don't understand it. The Black Madonna has nothing to do with oppression at all. "

The original image of the Black Madonna is in the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, Poland's most popular place of pilgrimage.

The authorities in Breda promised to remove the graffiti quickly, but initially said it would be difficult because the Marian image is made of mosaic tiles.

"This includes specialist work for which the Breda Municipality Cleaning Department will take the first steps tomorrow morning," a community spokesman told BN DeStem on June 22.

The newspaper reported on June 23 that the community had successfully removed the graffiti.

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