On 26 September 2018 Guatemalan congress deputies approved a decree that banned the Swedish dark metal band Marduk from entering the country because of the “satanic” nature of their lyrics, reported Billboard.
Author of the initiative Deputy Aníbal Rojas claimed that the band “does not have any kind of relationship with art” and attacks the “spiritual values” of families.
The congressional decree was approved by 87 votes in favor versus 13 votes against to ban the band and anyone involved with the group from entering the country over their lyrical content.
Guatemalan lawmakers are facing criticism from some politicians such as Deputy Eva Monte who said to La Actualidad that banning Marduk from entering the country “violates freedom of thought, association and religion”.
Marduk was due to perform in Guatemala on 11 October 2018.