Leonidas Vorias, a 38 year-old volunteer firefighter and MMA champion, organized the process to rebuild the cross.
”I was frustrated when I saw these pictures,” said Vorias, speaking to the Proto Thema newspaper. “We are Orthodox Christians, the symbol of our religion is the cross and we cannot accept it being destroyed.”
The cross had originally been erected by a religious group in September. Its construction resulted in the reaction of a non-governmental organization known as “Movement for Coexistence and Communication in the Aegean,” which argued that it was inappropriate to turn a Christian symbol into “a tool of aspiring crusaders.”
The NGO also argued that the cross was placed there to prevent migrants from swimming.
A week ago, the cross was found destroyed. Local police attempted to find those responsible for the vandalism, but with no results.
According to information published by Proto Thema, locals are staying in the area to guard the cross and prevent attempts to destroy it a second time.