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Sonisphere reaction from Islamist daily

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News | 6/23/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Istanbul is preparing to host the Sonisphere Festival this weekend, but it is receiving reactions from Islamist media in the country.

Istanbul is preparing to host the Sonisphere Festival, one of the largest festivals in the world, from Friday to Sunday, but the festival is receiving reactions from Islamist media in the country. The festival, which was organized last year in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Finland and England, is being held in 11 countries this year.

Huge names like Metallica, Rammstein, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and Manowar will share the same stage at İnönü Stadium for the first time during the festival, which has brought more than 300,000 music lovers together so far.

Turkish daily Vakit yesterday harshly criticized the festival and called for officials to cancel it. Defining the festival as “disgrace,” Vakit reported that Akbank, affiliated with Sabancı Holding, sponsored the festival, which is being organized by an Israeli company and will host Europe’s most scandalous music band, Rammstein.

According to Murat Alan’s story, while many festivals are cancelled in the country in order to mourn martyrs who died because of terrorist events, the Sonisphere Festival will poison young Turkish people for three days.

“The most striking name of the festival is a band named Rammstein, whose pornographic music videos are banned in many countries. The videos of the band air after midnight in European Union countries since they encourage violence, masochism, homosexuality and other perversities. The band will be on stage Friday at the İnönü Stadium. Also, there is no age limit for concerts and a ban on alcohol.”

The festival was organized by Israeli company Purple Concerts and the security will be provided by ICTS company, established by Israeli Mossad agents, according to the story. “This means to make fun of our citizens who lost their lives at the hands of the Israeli government as they carried humanitarian supplies to Gaza on the Mavi Marmara ship.”

The story also criticized the company Sabancı Holding for supporting the festival and claimed that the management of the holding did not answer their call. “We are curious if Sabancı Holding will withdraw its support from this organization, which makes fun of Turkey,” the story said.

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