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Martyr angels in the 21st century

Martyr Angels is a small series of five artworks – portraits of human beings who were martyred. They are works of commentary and memorial for social marginalization, social stereotypes, dignity until the martyr’s end. They are done from time to time when time and topicality require it. The series started with the portrait of Vangelis Giakoumakis. All the works have the same title: “The name. He was murdered by lavender.”

Vangelis Giakoumakis (; 23 March 1995 – February 2015) was a Greek student of Cretan origin who attended the Dairy School of Ioannina. He disappeared on February 6, 2015 and was found dead about a month later, on March 15, with stab wounds. Victim of physical and verbal violence by fellow students. We do not forget.

“Anna Ivankova” One will wonder why plural when we know that Anna Ivankova’s killer was one. No, it’s not a mistake, there are many who are moral perpetrators and train every criminal to achieve his deed.

I copy from the newspaper of days.

Anna Ivankova came from Cuba, was born in 1977 and immigrated to our country a few years ago to escape the discrimination and violence she received, because of her gender identity, she was a transgender woman. Yesterday, July 10, 2023, she was found dead in the apartment she was renting in Agios Panteleimonas. The police found Anna dead, while evidence indicates that her apartment was full of blood. At the same time, there are reports of marks that resemble scratches or whiplashes, which means that she fought for her life. Together with the medical examiner, the police officers are conducting an investigation to determine the exact causes of her death, while the Attica Security Directorate undertook a preliminary investigation into the case.

In the hands of the police is a 35-year-old Bangladeshi, who was arrested for the brutal murder of the transgender woman from Cuba. “Anna Ivankova.

But publicans and harlots bring you into the kingdom of God.” Father Ioustinos Ioannis Kefalouros writes: Anna from Cuba had a martyr’s death. They whipped her and then murdered her with a pair of scissors and left her for dead in the apartment in Agios Panteleimonas.
Anna from Cuba was a trans woman. She came from afar and made Greece her home. Perhaps because in her country of Cuba she had heard about Xenios Zeus and the Orthodox Faith of the Greeks.
She was happy to be free to be what defined her. He danced, entertained people, gave and received joy.
Now she is dead. And while one would expect only sadness and pain to be expressed by anyone who at least expresses himself publicly, on the contrary, the internet world continues her torture and the moral murder that her killer once committed.
The reason has to do with how different Anna was from Cuba. And what’s worse is that some of the commentators of the abomination actually declare themselves to be unbelievers of Orthodoxy.
Of their own Orthodoxy. The one they cut and sewed according to their own phobic needs.
Anna from Cuba had a martyr’s death. Because she was different. Like all those women and men who were martyred because they were different. Something like the Saints of the Church who were murdered because they differed in their faith and gave their lives for visibility and inclusion, these two demands of our time.
Anne of Cuba may never become a church icon, but she testified for who she was, because she didn’t hide, and because she claimed the life she wanted for herself.
Have a nice trip Anna!

“Giorgos Lyggeridis”

“After informing the treating doctors, the patient police officer who was being treated at the General State Hospital of Nice after his serious injury in the Rentis area, ended up in the Intensive Care Unit, today, Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at 12:34 p.m.” I am saddened but also angered by the premeditated murder of Giorgos Lyggeridis, the thirty-one-year-old lad who received a naval flare while on duty in the Renti area outside the field where a volleyball match was taking place. Some inside the stadium said “let’s go out and beat the cops”.

We hope that justice will do what it owes and the government what they promised these days. I hope and wish that what I just wrote when we read it in a year we will not find that it was empty words. Unfortunately in Greece and not perhaps in relation to events of the fairly distant past related to the civil war, there is a negative social stereotype for the security forces. This has to end somewhere.
The Greek Police has been entrusted by the State with the responsibility of protecting the most valuable legal assets, while its competence and operation are described by the Constitution and the Laws. Its main mission is to protect the individual liberties, the individual and social rights of Greek citizens and all the constitutionally guaranteed rights of individuals who are in Greek territory.

Nobody imposed them on us, we chose them. We chose to have Democracy, guaranteed Constitutional freedoms and Police, precisely to ensure and not to jungle.
How light is the soil that covers the lad. And let us never forget him.

Two more works by Eleni Topaloudi and Zak Kostopoulos will follow.