Second Marko Perkovic concert cancelled, says Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC)



    TORONTO, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - Ultranationalist Croatian rock singer Marko
Perkovic's November 4/07 'secret' concert has been cancelled, for the second
time in as many weeks. Perkovic is known as 'Thompson'.
    According to Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center's Director of National
Affairs Leo Adler, "after the initial event was cancelled by the Koolhaus
Concert Hall, following our protests, the band's promoter sought to reschedule
in a secret venue....which turned out to be The Sound Academy. Their
management contacted us and after reviewing information about Perkovic, his
music and his fan base, they subsequently cancelled his concert."
    "We applaud The Sound Academy for their moral corporate citizenship in
the face of intolerance," said FSWC President & CEO Avi Benlolo.
    "This is a clear example of Toronto's entertainment industry sending a
message to Perkovic and others like him about Canadian values," added Adler.
    In a statement released, October 23/07, FSWC said, "Thompson has been
singing for years in Croatia… One song - titled Jasanovic/Stara
Gardinska, which Thompson sang live in Croatia in 2002 - venerated those two
infamous concentration camps where at least 90,000 Serbs, Jews, Gypsies and
anti-fascist Croatians were murdered by the Ustashe movement and its Nazi
collaborators during World War II."
    "The difficulty with Thompson," said Adler, "is that he and his music act
as a lightning rod for young Croatians who proudly wear Ustashe uniforms and
display Ustashe symbols, which occurred at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb in
June."
    Added Adler, "We understand Thompson's concert promoters have promised to
reschedule again, declaring they will spare no efforts for him to perform in
Toronto." FSWC has urged the Toronto Police Service to continue to monitor the
situation.

    ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST STUDIES

    Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is a Canadian
human rights organization dedicated to fostering tolerance and understanding
through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. With
over 25,000 members of all faiths around the world, the Simon Wiesenthal
Center confronts important contemporary issues including racism,
anti-Semitism, terrorism and genocide. Friends is affiliated with the
world-wide, Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, an accredited
Non-Government Organization with status at international agencies, including
the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE and the Council of Europe, with offices in
New York, Miami, Paris, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires, and Toronto. Simon Wiesenthal
died in 2005 after devoting his life to preserving the memories of Holocaust
victims, while simultaneously seeking justice for the war criminals. Visit:
www.fswc.ca





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