Naked Protesters Kill Sheep at Auschwitz

11 detained after bizarre protest
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2017 6:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – A group of 11 young people from several countries was detained after a bizarre protest at the Auschwitz death camp Friday. The Auschwitz museum says the men and women stripped naked, slaughtered a sheep, and chained themselves together under the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate, the BBC reports. The seven men and four women, from countries including Poland, Belarus, and Germany, also draped a banner with the word "Love" over the gate and used a drone to film the incident, Deutsche Welle reports. Their motives are unknown, though local media have reported it was a protest against the war in Ukraine.

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Museum guards intervened and the group was taken to the local police station for questioning. Authorities in Poland say they are likely to face charges including desecrating a monument. "Using the symbol of Auschwitz to any kind of manifestation of happenings is outrageous and unacceptable," the museum said in a statement. "It is disrespectful to the memory of all the victims of the German Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp." (Read more Auschwitz stories.)

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