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Cyprus: Demonstrators demand the withdrawal of “Satanic” song

Protesters hold banners as they demonstrate in support of the victims of a suspected serial killer in front of the presidential palace in Nicosia on April 26, 2019. - Cypriot authorities combed lakes for the remains of three women and a girl dumped by a suspected serial killer, in a "Good Friday" hunt for bodies in a murder case that has shocked the island. The search focused on two lakes southwest of Nicosia where the suspect, named in local media as Nicos Metaxas, a 35-year-old Greek Cypriot army officer, allegedly confessed to having dumped the bodies. (Photo by Matthieu CLAVEL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MATTHIEU CLAVEL/AFP/Getty Images)
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Cyprus has been witnessing protests by Orthodox Christians for days against the backdrop of a controversial song in which the island country will participate in the Eurovision song contest.

On Saturday, dozens of Orthodox Christian Cypriots raised wooden crosses. They chanted church hymns outside the Cypriot State Broadcasting Corporation building, demanding the withdrawal of the controversial song entitled “El Diablo”, a Spanish word meaning “the Devil”.

The protesters say the song promotes the cult of Satan, according to what the Associated Press reported.

The agency reported that some of the demonstrators, including families, held up banners reading in Greek phrases such as “We are demonstrating peacefully, no to El Diablo (No to Satan)”.

The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation and the singer of the song insist that it was misinterpreted and that the song is, in fact, about an abusive relationship between two lovers.

These protests come several days after the powerful Orthodox Church called for the withdrawal of the song, which it said mocked the country’s moral foundations by calling for “our surrender to Satan and promoting his worship,” according to the agency.

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