A number of dozen Orthodox Christian devoted and clergy members held up picket crucifixes, icons of saints and a banner declaring Cyprus’ love for Christ in a renewed protest Wednesday over the island nation”s entry within the Eurovision Music Contest, which they contend promotes Devil worship.
The protest, held reverse the gates of the places of work of state broadcaster RIK, was the second towards the track “El Diablo” staged by Christians who argue the quantity has no place because the nationwide track of Cyprus within the contest due to what they are saying is its brazen invitation to embrace the satan.
Each RIK and singer Elena Tsagrinou, who represents Cyprus within the contest underway this week within the Netherlands, say critics have misinterpreted the lyrics of “El Diablo” and that it’s truly about an abusive relationship between two lovers.
The track handed its first competitors hurdle throughout a Tuesday semifinal and made it into the competition’s closing spherical, set for Saturday in Rotterdam.
The individuals protesting Wednesday noticed that as no trigger for celebration, insisting that “El Diablo” is an affront to Cypriots’ Orthodox religion.
“This track doesn’t symbolize Cyprus. It doesn’t honor it. It insults Cyprus, it desecrates Cyprus and is harmful, my good Orthodox Christians,” an unnamed clergyman mentioned right into a microphone whereas addressing the demonstrators. “It’s harmful to our youngsters, to our households. There is no such thing as a likelihood that the satan can do any good to anybody.”
The Cypriot authorities has mentioned that whereas dissent is revered, freedom of expression can’t be quashed.
The highly effective Orthodox Church of Cyprus known as for the withdrawal of the track in March, saying it mocked the Mediterranean island nation’s ethical foundations by advocating “our give up to the satan and selling his worship.”
The Church’s highest decision-making physique, the Holy Synod, urged the state broadcaster to switch it with one which “expresses our historical past, tradition, traditions and our claims.”
Police additionally charged a person with uttering threats and inflicting a disturbance when he barged onto the grounds of the general public broadcaster to protest what he condemned as a “blasphemous” track.
Tsagrinou performed down the controversy. She mentioned “El Diablo,” which she performs flanked by 4 dancers in skin-tight crimson costumes, is about an abusive relationship and has nothing to do with satan worship.
She mentioned coping with COVID-19 restrictions was powerful whereas getting ready for the competition, “however that’s not going to maintain us again, and we’re going to really feel the vibe that we wish to really feel and the smile on our face.”