Byelorussian morality watchdog raps planned concert by Rammstein

Minsk, February 24, Interfax - A Byelorussian morality watchdog that includes several dozen public figures and the leaders of all of the country's principal religious communities, attacked a planned concert in Minsk by German rock band Rammstein and urged the Byelorussian culture minister to review the concert program.

"The decision to bring Rammstein to Minsk is a mistake that may cost us dearly. The council is convinced that the band engages in an undisguised propaganda of homosexuality, masochism and other perversions, brutality, violence, and obscene language," the Council for Public Morality said in a statement.

The council was co-founded in 2009 by the Byelorussian Orthodox Church and Byelorussian Writers Union with support from Byelorussian President Alexander Lukashenko.

It is headed by Writers Union Chairman Nikolay Cherginets and includes the leaders of the country's Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Jewish and Muslim communities and several dozen other public figures.

"I realize that tickets have already been sold for the concert in Minsk. So the program needs a preliminary run-through and an approval so that there is no propaganda of immorality on the Minsk stage," Cherginets said.

"If what is shown during the concert is what the [Public Council for Morality] has been able to see, there will be an inevitable outburst of rapes and brutality in the Byelorussian capital," he said.


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