When the information reached the Fryshuset management, they called the external festival organizer for an emergency meeting.
- We decided to cancel the two bands. As it seems now, the festival will take place without Marduk and Taake, at least in our premises, said Carina Balfe Arbman, communications manager at Fryshuset.
Marduk have played at Fryshuset several times before, but according to Carina Balfe Arbman, the new information is so serious that they are not welcome anymore.
- We will now evaluate the information and talk to the bands. It's a small organizer and this will be tough for him.
However, the organizer of the Stockholm Slaughter has not yet canceled the bands and hopes that the Fryshuset management will reconsider their decision.
- I will try to persuade them with strong evidence that the bands have nothing to do with Nazism. If we cancel Marduk now, they will most likely never play at home. There is no evidence that they are Nazis or they have spread Nazi propaganda, says festival organizer Vlad.
According to ETC, Fredrik Widigs, the drummer of Marduk, has ordered propaganda stickers and Nazi books from the online store of the Nordic resistance movement. The Swedish website alleges that even the band's singer has ordered flyers from the same online store with the message that the "Swedish people" must recover "the power from the global Zionist elite". The orders have been reportedly made in the band members' own names, to their national registration addresses, and from their IP addresses.
However, according to the festival organizer Vlad, Marduk have been exposed to a defamation campaign.
- There may be someone who has ordered things in their names to be bloody-minded towards the band. The evidence you present means nothing. I am completely desperate and don't know what to say anymore.
Culture commissioner Emilia Bjuggren informs that Fryshuset are receiving support from Stockholm City and will follow the guidelines set up by the municipality, and that Fryshuset shall "fight for democratic values such as diversity and tolerance".
Now my question is: true or false that information may be, how did these journalists from ETC get to know private details such as orders and names, addresses and IP addresses of the buyers?
Text by Herjann