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Kristine Aghalaryan

Armenian Primate of Georgia: 'Assault On Church Was Definitely Organized'

Archbishop Vazgen Mirzakhanyan, Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Georgia, told Hetq that he has no doubt that yesterday’s assault by a mob of fifty on the clergy and staff at the Tbilisi Holy Etchmiadzin Church was organized and premeditated.

“We are quite incensed over what happened and demand that the organizers are identified and those who participated are prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Archbishop Mirzakhanyan told Hetq by phone.

The primate couldn’t say who organized the assault that left several Armenian clerics and church staffers bruised and battered.

Mirzakhanyan didn’t rule out the possibility that yesterday’s incident was the beginning of concerted assault against the diocese.

“We will wait for the investigation to expose what happened,” Mirzakhanyan said.