NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A person has been charged with uttering threats and inflicting a disturbance after barging onto the grounds of Cyprus’ public broadcaster to protest what he mentioned was the nation’s “blasphemous” entry into this yr’s Eurovision tune contest, police mentioned Sunday.
Police informed The Related Press the person, who hasn’t been named, was launched after being charged with 4 counts, together with being verbally abusive.
Police mentioned witnesses to Saturday’s incident informed investigators the person verbally accosted staff outdoors the Cyprus Broadcasting Company’s information division. He was apparently upset that the broadcaster had chosen the tune “El Diablo” (“The Satan”) carried out by Greek singer Elena Tsagrinou to characterize Cyprus, since he mentioned it was as an affront to Christianity.
Novice video of the person confronting CyBC employees confirmed him screaming at quite a few staff within the yard, asking how they may justify supporting such a tune.
The title of “El Diablo” in addition to it’s lyrics — “I gave my coronary heart to el diablo…as a result of he tells me I’m his angel” — have touched a uncooked nerve with some within the east Mediterranean island nation, who think about it to be fraught with Satanic connotations.
In accordance with the Cyprus Information Company, an affiliation representing theologians who educate in excessive colleges expressed their “disgust” over the tune and known as for it to be withdrawn as a result of it “pledges life-long devotion and professes love for Devil.”