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Archbishop Pimen: Christian believers treated like terrorists by political leadership

President Iliescu asked Archbishop Pimen of Suceava and Radauti to make amends for his declaration regarding the security measures taken by the authorities during the ceremonies at the Putna Monastery. Presidential spokeswoman Corina Cretu said Ion Iliescu rejected the Archbishop's opinions and considered his way of expressing them unworthy of a clergyman.

Archbishop Pimen accused the country's leadership of imposing too strict security measures which deprived simple pilgrims of taking part in the ceremonies which were thus attended only by the dignitaries. Archbishop Pimen's verbatim record: "the simple parish members have been treated like terrorists and thieves".