Greek police arrested a 27-year-old Greek on charges of “malicious blasphemy and insutlting of religion” through Facebook. The arrest came “after thousands of e-complains from residents of different countries of the world”, so the police press release. The 27-year-old had created a page on Facebook named “Geron Pastitsios” (Elder Pastitsios), an mock name for Greek Athos monk, Elder Paisios (1924-1994), famous about his prophecies on Greece, the Greek nation and the Orthodox Christianity.
Pastitsio is a Greek dish with pasta, meanced meat and besamel saouce.
The arrest triggered an outcry on internet and thousands of people speak of unprecended censorship and blame Samaras’ government for complying with the demands of extreme-right Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn).
On twitter there has been talks that “Geron Pastitsios trolled Greek nationalist blogs, planting hoax accounts of ‘miracles’ which they reproduced without questioning”.
According to news portal NewsIt, last Tuesday (Sept 18), GD posed a question at the Parliament complaining about the Facebook page where the administrator insults, mocks and tries to humiliate the sacred figure of Greek Orthodoxy, Elder Paisios”.
However police sources told NewsIt that the police was investigating the issue before the GD’s question and that the charges were concluded on Sept 15.