Saw this last night:
Orthodox priests were putting themselves in between rioting protesters and police forces. And just to give some idea how bad it is, beyond the protesters’ trebuchets and homemade rioting gear… when the police are throwing molotov cocktails, it’s bad.
There were reports yesterday of government forces moving tanks in to deal with the protesters and rioters, and video and pictures of tanks on railcars moving in.
And then today, it looks like things started to cool down – halted in no small part by Orthodox priests who stood between the two clashing sides. Not taking sides, just standing amidst them and putting an end to the violence through faith.
Contrast that resolution with the actions of religious leaders in the Middle East during the so-called “arab spring”.