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Young Catholics petition against Madonna concert

Warsaw (CathNews): A group of young Catholics has launched an online petition to have Madonna’s upcoming concert in Warsaw cancelled as it coincides with the Polish capital’s annual World War II commemoration of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the city’s Nazi’s occupiers, according to an AFP report in Yahoo7 News.

Launched by a group calling itself the Youth Crusade, the petition, as at July 17, had gathered 31,000 supporters calling for the Madonna’s concert to be called off out of respect for the estimated 200,000 people who died in the doomed, 63-day uprising by Polish partisans.

“August 1 is a day of remembrance in Poland. We pay our respects to those who survived and those who perished in the uprising. We won’t allow the desecration of our hallowed symbols,” reads the Internet petition.

Every year on August 1 sirens wail as Warsaw residents observe a minute’s silence across the capital to remember the loss of life in the largest single rebellion against Nazi Germany during World War II.

The petition criticises the 53-year-old singer’s on-stage antics as “attacking the Catholic faith... offending Jesus Christ by burning crosses and wearing a crown of thorns” as well as promoting homosexuality and pornography. The singer has already been threatened with legal action in France for projecting a swastika on an image of far-right party leader, Marine Le Pen.

A spokesperson for tour promoter, LiveNation, Anna Pietrzak, declined to comment on both the protest and ticket sales when contacted by AFP.

Warsaw city authorities have proposed holding a minute’s silence and airing news chronicles from the time of the uprising ahead of the concert at Warsaw’s new National Stadium, which has a capacity of nearly 73,000.

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