Dutch heavy rockers WITHIN TEMPTATION have canceled their appearance at a Lebanese music festival to join in To solidarize a local band whose show was scrapped by the event under pressure from Christian groups.
WITHIN THE TEMPTATION said in a statement: "As you know, we should perform at Byblos Festival in Lebanon on August 7. We found out that another band called MASHROU & LEILA was withdrawn from the festival for safety reasons after religious fanatics demanded the cancellation of their performance followed by a violent threat, according to the Festival Committee. At this moment, artists are unable to reassure themselves of peace We have decided to cancel our show in Byblos out of solidarity with Mashrou & Leila and in support of tolerance.
"For you, our fans in Lebanon, it hurts to make that decision "The band continued," Our last show in Lebanon is still very much alive in our minds and hearts. We look forward to better days when we will return to you in Lebanon. "
MASHROU & LEILA shows an openly gay singer and The lyrics of the band are about sectarianism, gender equality and homophobia.
The concert organizers said they were forced to cancel MASHROU & LEILA at the festival "to prevent bloodshed and to ensure safety and stability," after Church leaders In Byblos said the songs The band violated "religious values."
Amnesty International criticized the Lebanese authorities for failing to protect MASHROU & LEILA calling the decision "a devastating blow to the law on freedom "and exposes the Lebanese authorities' responsibility to ensure that the band is protected in the midst of a growing hate campaign, which is the direct result of the verse In addition, the government has taken a strong stand against hatred and discrimination and take the necessary measures to ensure that the performance can continue. Amnesty International Middle East Research Director Lynn Maalouf said
MASHROU & LEILA played the same songs at the same venue just three years ago. The fact that they are no longer able to act under hatred and violence is an alarming indicator of the deterioration of the country's freedom of expression. " Maalouf added.
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