Greek Christians battle over new ID cards

A Greek Orthodox nun holds a cutout of Christ on the Cross during a rally against proposed new ID cards in Athens on Sunday, March 27 2011.

28/3/2011

Thousands of Orthodox citizens of Greece hit the streets of Athens on Sunday to protest against the introduction of new identity cards.

They perceive the plastic cards with microchip as the fulfilling prophecy of the Apocalypse. The trouble revolves around the proposal to strip all references to religion from new National ID card.

The clergy also deem the new identity card as offering too much information about citizens, making it easier for the state to wield control over them.

The card will contain information on taxes, the history of appeals to state bodies and other personal information.

Presently, Greece uses the traditional paper identity certificates.

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