Theft of the Eagle from the Guardian's Resting Place
To friends who have written about the theft of the eagle from the Guardian's Resting Place
Dearly loved friends
7 April 2000
Dear Baha'i friends
It is with regret that we report the theft of the eagle from the top of the monument to Shoghi Effendi in the New Southgate Cemetery. The theft appears to have happened last night and in removing the eagle the thieves caused the stone globe on which the eagle perched to fall to the ground. Some minor damage has been caused to the marble plinth on which the column stands and to one or two of the flower beds.
It is clear that this was not an act of vandalism or of religious desecration, since no other damage was caused and the eagle has been removed altogether from the cemetery.
The National Spiritual Assembly has reported the matter to the police, to the cemetery authorities and to the Universal House of Justice. We will continue to monitor the situation and necessary repairs and restitution will be put in hand.
The National Spiritual Assembly is in receipt of guidance from the
Universal House of Justice about how to make good the damage that was
done and about increased security measures.
With loving Baha'i greetings
National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the UK
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