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Calls to cancel homophobic Sizzla concerts

Dutch gay rights group COC wants three concerts Jamaican singer Sizzla is scheduled to give at the weekend to be cancelled, saying he incites hate against homosexuals.

The controversial singer is to perform in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Groningen. COC accuses him of “inciting horrible forms of violence against gay people.” The organisation says there can be no place in the Netherlands for performers “who call for gay people to be set on fire or shot through the heart.” The group calls on the organisers to distance themselves from the singer and cancel his concerts.

Sizzla calls on people to shoot and burn gay people in “Nah Apologize” among other songs. The singer says he wrote the song after Britain banned him from the country due to his homophobic lyrics. In a statement Sizzla says he will not perform any songs that incite hatred during his European tour. COC counters that Sizzla has repeatedly failed to honour promises he had made.

A public outcry in Sweden recently led to a scheduled performance there to be cancelled. In Spain, over 27,000 people have so far signed an online petition calling for the cancellation of a number of performances the singer is planned to give there in April.

Sizzla is not the first reggae singer to be accused of homophobia. Two years ago the organisers of the Parkpop festival in The Hague cancelled an appearance by the Jamaican singer Beenie Man for the same reason.

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