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‘Witch burning’ causes outrage

A plan by a Swedish band to symbolically burn a witch on stage in the country’s Eurovision heats has led to outrage from feminists. Nordman, an ethnopop duo and regular in the Melodifestivalen competition, plans the witch-burning as part of its set in the Karlskrona heats on March 1st. In the act, a woman will play a witch being forced onto a fire and burned alive. Local battered women’s shelters are not impressed.

“This is an insult to women,” said Elisabeth Åström, chairman of Kvinnojouren in Blekinge, a local organization running women’s shelters. Åström’s counterpart in the northern Swedish town of Kiruna has previously also slammed Nordman’s plans. Band member Mats Wester says he doesn’t understand the criticism. He said the show would be beautiful and dramatic.Their song, ‘I lågornas sken’ (‘In the Firelight’), was written by Lina Eriksson, who was inspired by a Swedish television series about witch-hunts in 17th century Sweden.

Read the original article at: The Local Swedish News

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