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ROC: any Church's participation in the BLM would be politicized

Any Church participation in the movement Black Lives Matter would be politicized, forced Christians by the activists of this movement to commit any action also is absolutely unacceptable, said RIA Novosti Deputy head of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with society and the media Vakhtang Kipshidze.

"We believe that no matter what was the cause of the beginning of this movement, at the moment it has acquired a very definite and undeniable political overtones. Therefore, we believe that any Church participating in this movement would be too politicized," said Kipshidze.

He reminded that in the Christian Church there is no problem of racial divisions: "the face of God from all races have exactly the same dignity and value." And for this reason they all deserve equal respect and recognition, said the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Kipshidze also drew attention to the fact that Church tradition from the earliest centuries of Christianity, there is the veneration of saints is completely different races, which continues today.

He expressed the hope that in societies where this problem is exacerbated, there are healthy forces that will not allow the escalation of the conflict "in the space of realization of violence, aggression, mutual accusations." According to Kipshidze, the Churches also hope that these forces will come to understand that in society all men are not only endowed with equal dignity, but also responsibility and duties to society - should be "responsible for the violation of the law and, of course, to respect its historical, spiritual and cultural heritage, making it a target of short-term political manipulation".

The cities of the U.S., and then in a number of countries in the world, a wave of protests and unrest after the death in Minneapolis at the hands of police of African-American George Floyd. He died in police detention, when one of them came over to him with his knee on the neck. The movement Black Lives Matter, performances under slogans of which was held in USA and many other countries, called for the termination of funding of the police and fight for "racial justice" organizing and conducting pogroms.