The organizers of the song contest “Eurovision 2016”, which will start on may 10 in Stockholm, forbidden to carry in a concert hall several flags of unrecognized and partially recognized States, including the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s Republic. The ban includes flags of the Republic of Crimea and banned in Russia, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars, follows from a press release published on the website of the concert hall of Stockholm Globe Arena.
The audience will not be able to carry flags of Palestine, Nagorno-Karabakh, Kosovo, Transnistria, Basque, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and banned in Russia organization “Islamic state”. Flags of participating countries are allowed to carry. There is no ban on carrying flags with symbols of the LGBT movement.
“We urge the international community to respect the non-political nature of Eurovision, calling the competition organizers.
However, the 61-contest “Eurovision”, the final of which will take place on 14 may in Stockholm, the Russian side has claims of a political nature. In the second semifinal, which will take place on 12th may, on stage will be Ukrainian Jamala with a song “1944”, dedicated to Stalin’s deportation of the Crimean Tatars and based on the stories of great-grandmother’s singer. Jamal wrote it in collaboration with Art Is specially for the contest.
The singer won the national final on 21 February, and also held in April the European Song contest 2016 Opening. For this competition, which this year was held in Bern, the judge, representatives of the major European record companies, was attending 193 of the song — as performers, won the national finals and reached the finals. Support Jamal called on the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with his wife — they voted for her in the national selection.
Some Russian MPs have criticized the song choice that will be made by the Ukrainian party. According to the Deputy of the state Duma from “United Russia” Robert Schlegel, Ukraine wants to use the contest as a political platform. “They are largely artificially inflate the issue. With the same success they could sing about more pressing issues, for example, about rampant corruption or political repression by the Kiev authorities”, — he explained . Schlegel believes that the song Jamala — promise in the direction of Turkey and the Islamic part of the audience” who support the Crimean Tatars.
In the banning of flags, he saw no logic, though I understand the desire of the organisers to reduce the degree of conflict that may arise from them.” While the decision of “Eurovision” calls to protest only in the Basque Country. The MEP from the Basque nationalist party, Bilbao Izaskun of Barandika called the contest organizers to exclude the flag in her region from the list of prohibited. “Enable “current” (the name the flag of the Basque Country) in the list of banned flags incredibly unfair to us, ” she declared to the edition Local. Is the constitutional Spanish flag, as well as Catalonia, Galicia, Andalusia and other Spanish 17 Autonomous territories”.
The organizers checked the text and the name of the song and found not to contain any political subtext, according to the official Twitter of “Eurovision”. The organizers have forbidden her to make political statements before, during and after the contest, told Jamal.
Russia in the competition is Sergey Lazarev with the song “You Are The Only One”. He will perform in the first semi-final on may 10.