Memorial plan sparks row in Beslan

Plans to build a memorial to the 333 hostages killed three years ago in the Beslan school siege have sparked a row between Christians and Muslims in Russia.

Memorial plan sparks row in Beslan

Plans to build a memorial to the 333 hostages killed threeyears ago in the Beslan school siege have sparked a row between Christians andMuslims in Russia.

The local Russian Orthodox diocese says it will build a church in thegrounds of Beslan's school No. 1 to commemorate the victims -- half of themchildren -- killed in a clash between insurgents and Russian troops.

But one of Russia'sleading Muslim clerics has accused the Orthodox church of trying to hijack anational tragedy by building a memorial that he said would exclude the morethan 20 million Muslims who live in the country.

"It is not acceptable to present this tragedy as the tragedy offollowers of only one religion," Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin, chairman of theCouncil of Russian Muftis, said in a statement.

"We need a monument on this site that symbolizes a national tragedy,without any religious undertones, where everyone can come and shed theirtears."

The administration of the North Ossetiaregion, of which Beslan is a part, contradicted the church, sayingconsultations on what form the memorial would take were still being conducted.

"The people of Beslan ... will review the proposed options and willmake the final choice," it said in a statement.

Since the tragedy, the wrecked shell of the sports hall has become amakeshift shrine, with candles on the floor and photographs of the victimspinned to the walls. Some victims' relatives say it should be preserved as apermanent memorial.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16
YORUM EKLE