Pre-trial probe launched in Lithuania following actors' church show
A pre-trial investigation has been launched in Lithuania after three actors, dressed like priests and promoting Zero Live Show, a movie, music and black comedy show, on Wednesday invited parishioners to this show ahead of a service at a church in Turgeliai, Šalčininkai District.
The police say they have launched a probe into the obstruction of a religious ceremony.
In a video posted on social media by director Emilis Vėlyvis, three actors wearing religious clothing, arrive at the church and address people, who came for a service on the occasion of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, in Polish.
The video's headline says the actors were inviting parishioners to come to see "a show that will strengthen their belief".
Šalčininkai authorities announced on its website that it had turned to law enforcement over this incident. According to the statement of the local authorities, people were shocked by the actions of the actors who were telling in Polish about the new project and later distributed joints. The whole thing was livestreamed on Facebook.
"The uninvited guests rather brutally and hurtfully violated the Turgeliai community's dignity and honor, and by posting the video of their visit online they offended worshipers not only in Turgeliai, not only in Šalčininkai but in the whole of Lithuania," Šalčininkai authorities said.