Officials in the eastern German city of Dresden has erected an "artwork" dedicated to terrorists.
The Syrian “artist”, now a German citizen, wanted to show “solidarity” with the terrorists of Aleppo in Syria.
Residents booed Dresden mayor Dirk Hilbert at the opening ceremony on Tuesday and shouted “Rubbish!”, “Get out!”, “Shame on you!” and “Traitor!”. The Dresden branch of the anti-immigrant AfD, which has enjoyed a surge in popularity since an influx of over two million refugees, many from Syria, called the installation “an insult to the citizens of Dresden”.
Many are furious because they say the piece belittles the memory of the city’s own fire bombing at the end of World War Two, in February 1945, three months before the end of the war when the Germans had already conceded defeat. The ugly work forms part of commemorations for the 72nd anniversary of the obliteration of Dresden.
The “art” installation, consists of three buses standing on end, and placed in a square in front of the Frauenkirche. The beautiful church was destroyed by British and US bombers in World War Two but painstakingly rebuilt after the war in memory of those civilians, including children, who perished in the fire hell. After decades as a ruin, the Frauenkirche was reconsecrated in 2005.
The work mimics a scene from 2015 when terrorists in the Syrian city stood three buses on end to shield a street from Syrian government snipers, Reuters reported.
“Artist” Manaf Halbouni, told Reuters he was “shocked” by the protest against his politically charged work. Halbouni alluded to the immigration crisis, but displayed his ignorance about German history: “The aim of this installation was to foster dialogue between people so that we can all discuss things together and try to solve problems together.”
It is not clear what kind of dialogue is needed between immigrants celebrating terrorism in Syria and civilians who perished during the war. On his website, Halbouni disingenuously says his work links the suffering of people in Syria and Europe “but also the hope for reconstruction and peace”.
The rector of the Frauenkirche church, Sebastian Feydt, defended the work and called its critics “national-socialists”.
But if the terrorists in Syria had not been defeated by the Syrian government with the help of Russia, there would have been little chance of reconstruction and peace in Aleppo.
Entire cities, most notably Aleppo, in the northwest part of Syria, have been left in ruins by the ISIS regime change campaign in order to unseat the Syrian president.
Gordon Engler, AfD member, said the work was “not art, but a political move” done on the sly. According to Engel the plan was never discussed with residents of the city because “it was immediately clear it will result in protests”.
“I am a member of the Dresden city council,” explained Engler. “The whole thing took place via the office of the mayor. We learned about it only when it was already clear that the opening will take place,” Engler said.
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