Black Metal Festival Shut Down Over Protests Of Anti-Fa Groups


 

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In a story Ghost Cult has been following the last few days, this past weekend’s Messe des Morts festival was interrupted and ultimately shutdown over the inclusion controversial Polish band Graveland.

Messe des Morts was scheduled to close on Saturday, November 26 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, was canceled “for safety reasons” following a protest against one of the event’s performers with alleged ties to white supremacist groups. Varrying accounts had the protesters attacking festival attendees (150 tickets were available for the sold-out event) and staff of the venue.

The Polish band Graveland, which was scheduled to appear at the Théâtre Plaza, has drawn criticism for the National Socialist political views of singer Robert “Rob Darken” Fudali.

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The festival’s organizers have released the following statement regarding the decision to call off the event: “For safety reasons, we are forced to cancel tonight’s concert. Know that the Théâtre Plaza’s administration, as well as the Messe Des Morts’ organisation have put every effort to find another conclusion. Despite this announcement, we invite you to go back home calmly and to show the same respect you have shown since the festival’s début. Understand that we cannot give you further details for the moment.”

Yesterday the festival organizers made an impassioned plea on their Facebook account

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Pour ceux qui nous ont demandé qui contacter pour faire part de leur indignation par rapport à l’annulation d’hier / For all those who asked us who they should contact to express their outrage about yesterday’s cancellation

Pour ceux d’entre vous qui voulaient partager leur indignation avec les médias, ou qui ont été victimes de violence hier soir et durant la nuit et qui veulent en faire part, nous vous avons préparé une liste de contact. Il est important que vous vous fassiez entendre afin que des circonstances du genre ne se reproduisent plus jamais, donc écrivez à tous ces contacts si vous avez le temps, et faites-leur part de votre mécontentement, MAIS DE FAÇON CIVILISÉE. Nous en appelons tout particulièrement aux gens qui se sont déplacés de loin pour assister au festival et se sont fait gâcher leur voyage, et aussi à ceux qui ont été victimes de violence, étant donné que les médias ne semble pas avoir montré cet autre côté de la médaille…

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For those who want to share their outrage with the media, or that were the victims of violence yesterday evening and during the night, we have prepared a contact list. It is important that you make yourselves heard to make sure such circumstances never happen again, so write to them all if you have the time and tell them how angry you are about this, BUT IN A CIVILIZED MANNER. We appeal in particularly to those who traveled a long way to see the fest and had their travel spoiled, as well as those who were the victims of violent acts, since the media does not seem to have covered that other side of the coin. Some of these media are French obviously, but they can receive English messages and will be able to understand them.

DÉPUTÉS/DEPUTEES

Voici les contacts des députes fédéral et provincial de la circonscription et du maire d’arrondissement où se trouve le Théâtre Plaza et où a eu lieu la manifestation / Here are the contacts of the federal and provincial deputees of the riding, as well as from the borough mayor where the Plaza is located at and the protest was held

– Fédéral (Rosemont-Petite Patrie) – Alexandre-Boulerice – http://www.boulerice.org/contact

– Provincial (Rosemont) – Jean-François Lisée Jean-Francois.Lisee.ROSE@assnat.qc.ca

– Municipal (Rosemont) – francois.croteau@ville.montreal.qc.ca

JOURNALISTES / REPORTERS

Contacts de journalistes nous ayant contactés directement par rapport à l’événement / Contacts of reporters who have contacted us directly about the even

– Louis-Philippe Ouimet (Radio-Canada) – louis-philippe.ouimet@radio-canada.ca

– Marie-Claude Simard – AQMI-Nouvelle – nouvelles@agenceqmi.ca

– Catherine Solyom (Montreal Gazette) – csolyom@montrealgazette.com

– Dan Gravel (Radio X) – dangravel@radiox.com

CONTACTS MÉDIAS / MEDIA CONTACTS

Voici comment contacter certains journaux et postes de télévision ayant couvert l’événement / Here’s how you can contact some newspapers and television channels that covered the event

– Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – liaison@cbc.ca

– La Presse- http://www.lapresse.ca/con…/quotidien/contact-lapresseca.php

– Le Devoir- redaction@ledevoir.com

– Le Journal de Montréal – jdm.transmission@quebecormedia.com

– Montreal Gazette – Editor Lucinda Chodan – lchodan@postmedia.com

– Newsroom Administrator – June Thompson – jthompson@postmedia.com