Naked Protesters Kill Sheep at Auschwitz

11 detained after bizarre protest
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2017 6:24 AM CDT
Naked Protesters Kill Sheep at Auschwitz
Visitors walk under the infamous sign at the gate to Auschwitz.   (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski/file)

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.

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." (More Auschwitz stories.)

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