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Krisiun detained in Bangladesh over religious beliefs

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 7:18 PM PT
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Brazilian death metal band Krisiun was detained, along with fellow Brazilians NerveChaos, today (May 9) in Dhaka, Bangladesh for roughly 10 hours by security officials, apparently for their religious beliefs (the two were apparently labeled 'Satanic bands'). Although they were eventually released, their concert was cancelled.

Krisiun has issued this statement:

"We are hereby to manifest our big appreciation and respect for the Metalheads in Bangladesh, We know it's not their fault the show got cancelled here today.

"We are not against any religion, political view, or have any prejudice against anyone, it's not the matter here.

"We don't want to see our big metal family worldwide fighting? against each other, The world suffer with so much problems nowadays and Metal set us free and make us strong!

"We came to Bangladesh to make a concert and unfortunately the authorities decided to cancel, it's not the promoter's fault, it's nobody's fault, it's local authorities decision to shut the show down, the Metalheads are great here in Bangladesh the concert was sold out, We deeply thank all you guys here for the enormous support, We will be back one day! Respect, together we are strong, Metal never dies!"

Meanwhile, NerveChaos had this to say:

"We would like to thank the consul and his entire staff immensely, at the Brazilian consulate in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

"We had a very unpleasant experience, where we were victims of a great misunderstanding and experienced more than 10 hours of pure prejudice and misinformation.

"As soon as we landed at Hazrat Shahjala International Airport in Dhaka at dawn on the 9th, we were approached by security officers while we searched for our luggage. We had our passports withheld, without any explanation, in an extremely conservative country. The event was canceled and the visas we obtained at the embassy of Bangladesh in Brazil, totally disregarded.

"Thanks to the great effort and enormous help of the Brazilian consul and his team at the Brazilian consulate (in Dhaka, Bangladesh), of the ambassador of Brazil, Maximiliano Arienzo; and from our travel agent Carla, we were cleared. We will continue the tour, playing in Japan and South Korea.

"Unfortunately due to mentioned events, the shows in Mongolia, China, Vietnam and Malaysia are canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and hope to return in the near future."
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