The T-Shirt as Terror Weapon

Danish T-shirt peddlers on trial in debate over free speech, fashion
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2007 4:46 PM CST
All of the accused are members of the Danish activist group Fighters Lovers and are charged with "sponsoring terrorism," which can carry a 10-year sentence under post-9/11 Danish anti-terror laws.   (
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(Newser) – Seven Danish entrepreneurs are on trial in Copenhagen for hawking T-shirts featuring the logos of two groups classified by the EU as terrorist organizations—PFLP, a Palestinian extremist group, and Farc, a group of Marxist guerrillas in Colombia. The shirts were sold by Freedom+Lovers, which calls itself "dedicated to the cause of freedom and hard-rocking street gear."

The self-styled freedom fighters are officially charged with "sponsoring terrorism," the Guardian reports, a charge punishable by 10 years in prison. They consider the Farc and PFLP to be legitimate resistance movements, comparable to the Nazi resistance during WWII. And as to the charge that the company's ads make terrorism sexy, one of the seven notes: "I can tell you that the majority of our customers were fat, old men."