Georgia’s off-and-on cross-and-crescent tension hit a new low on September 10 after members of one provincial church placed a pig’s head on the doors of a planned Islamic school near the Turkish border.
The protesters, members of a Georgian Orthodox Church congregation in the Black-Sea resort town of Kobuleti, said they resorted to this gruesome form of protest to prevent the spread of Islam in their neighborhood. Earlier on, they had planted a large cross before the madrasa as well.
Many Georgians see the growing Turkish investment and presence in Kobuleti’s Turkey-adjacent region, Achara, as an existential threat.
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