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Morrissey postpones tour dates in the UK, Europe amid disputes over racism



A statement by the ex-Smiths frontman representatives announcing the move called "logistical circumstances beyond our control."

Two of the gigs were scheduled to take place in Morrissey's hometown of Manchester, where high-profile DJ Dave Haslam organized an anti-racism protest for July 8th on the occasion of his visit.

Haslam tweeted on Friday that the free music event in a Manchester Bar would take place as planned and that all Morrissey ticket owners would be welcome] "I sympathize with fans who have made plans to see him, we know how it is to be abandoned by Morrissey, "he wrote. "If the dates are postponed, we are happy to be able to offer an alternative event in the city."

In a commentary posted on Morrissey's official Facebook page Thursday, manager Peter Katsis, from the US music management firm Deckstar, Haslam berated him as "simply using the situation to attract much needed attention pull."

The series revolves around controversial comments Morrissey, who no longer lives in the United Kingdom, reportedly earlier this month in support of British right-wing figures Tommy Robinson and Anne Marie Waters

The singer, who is vegan, also said in one April interview on his website that "halal battles require certification that can only be given by supporters of ISIS". Halal refers to foods that are permitted under Islamic dietary laws.
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Asked about allegations of racism, Morrissey referred to disparagements against him and said, "We're all racist now, and the word is really pointless, it's just one way to change the subject."

The statement by Morrissey's Promoters said the world tour to his latest album "Low in High School," would continue in November in Mexico City.

"We deeply regret the inconvenience to the fans and promise to reschedule the dates for the UK and Europe as soon as possible," it said. Fans who have tickets for the postponed shows will receive a refund.

The July tour included dates in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

Morrissey had other problems with controversy. Last December, he was on Facebook to defend himself against reports alleging that he had defended the alleged actions of Hollywood men charged with sexual assault and harassment.

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