Belarus: German band declared ‘a public enemy’

25 February 2010


A governmental Council for Morality in Belarus has declared the German hard rock band Rammstein a threat to the state. They questioned an upcoming concert in Minsk, saying letting it go on would be a ‘costly mistake’ for the country.

Belarus’ Council for Morality stated that Rammstein’s music could “destroy the Belarusian state system.” The Council described the band’s songs as propaganda for “violence, masochism, homosexuality and other abnormalities” and said “permitting a Rammstein concert would be a costly mistake.” This was reported by Deutche Welle’s Kate Bowen.

The German group, which is known for the sexual and violent nature of its lyrics, is scheduled to perform at Minsk Arena on 7 March 2010.

Writer Nikolai Tcherginez, head of the government’s Council for Morality said he regretted that tickets had already been sold for the concert, but that if the event were to take place, the program would need to be revised in order to prevent ‘extremism’.

The Rammstein concert organizers told the Interfax-West news agency on Monday that they had “no information that Rammstein will spread violence, perverse, cruel or Nazi ideology at their concert in Minsk.”

Labelled ‘harmful to youth’
In 2009, Rammstein’s album ‘Liebe ist fuer alle da’ (‘Love is there for everyone’) was added to Germany’s index for media as a song that is harmful to youth. The song ‘Ich tue dir weh’ (‘I’ll hurt you’) describes violent, sadomasochistic acts, while ‘Pussy’ contains blatant pornographic references. The album was marketed as a set together with dildos, handcuffs, and lubricant.

Rammstein’s current tour takes them through a variety of eastern European cities, including Moscow, Riga, Vilnius, Kyiv and Budapest.


Hate music

Incitement to violence

Deutche Welle World – 25 February 2010:

‘Belarus declares Rammstein a public enemy’



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