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KRISIUN Detained For Blasphemy At Bangladesh Airport

What a way to welcome a band into your country.

What a way to welcome a band into your country.

Imagine showing up to a foreign country and getting detained before you even leave the airport? That's exactly what happened to Krisiun and their tourmates, NervoChaos.

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The band were supposed to play tonight, but unfortunately had to cancel after hours of detainment at the airport. It looks like their shows in Mongolia, China, Vietnam and Malaysia will also have to be cancelled.

MetalSucks reports they got a tip about a Reddit thread translating a Brazilian news article explaining the situation, with the Reddit's users own explanations in bold:

The brazilian bands Krisiun and NervoChaos were arrested in the early morning of this Tuesday (0th) at Hazrat Shahjala International Airport in Daca, Bangladesh. According to a statement released by Krisiun, they were approached by police at the moment they were collecting their luggage. The passports were detained and both bands stayed in the local for over 8 hours.

The bands are in an international tour together, and before going to Bangladesh, they had performed in Hammersonic Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. The bands were released in time for the concerts, which had their tickets sold out. The concert, however, was canceled by local authorities. [Not true, they held them for much more than ‘over 8 hours’, they would miss the concert anyway, the journalist are misinformed because he didn’t contact the band, they only saw a post talking about 8h, some few hours ago the brazilian producers were asking people for help in case they knew anybody in the country, because they didn’t return their passport even with the embassy helping, but the ambassador himself didn’t do anything so far, also the brazilian government didn’t contact the Bangladesh ambassador in the country to discuss the issue]

The bands were released after contacting the Brazilian embassy in Bangladesh, which helped to solve the situation. According to the press agency, both bands are in a hotel in Bangladesh, but no authorization to leave the country. On this Tuesday afternoon, they’ll have another meeting with the Brazilian embassy.

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In Facebook, Lauro Bonometti, from NervoChaos, explained the situation: “Today, we from NervoChaos along Krisiun, are still detained in Bangladesh airport, which resulted in the cancellation of our concerts for being called as SATANIC bands, where the local religion is extremely radical. Our passports are detained by federal police, which forbid us to take any action to be released. We’re at the airport for over 8 hours and without knowing the possible outcome of this pathetic episode, and we’ll contact the brazilian embassy soon to help us in this case”.

Both bands are planning to attend to their concerts of Asiatic Tour, which is going to Japan, China, South Korea and Mongolia.

Krisiun have since released a statement:

We are not against any religion, political view, or have any prejudice against anyone, it’s not the matter here.

We don’t want to see our big metal family worldwide fighting against each other, The world suffer with so much problems nowadays and Metal set us free and make us strong!

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We came to Bangladesh to make a concert and unfortunately the authorities decided to cancel, it’s not the promoter’s fault, it’s nobody’s fault, it’s local authorities decision to shut the show, the Metalheads are great here in Bangladesh the concert was sold out, We deeply thank all you guys here for the enormous support, We will be back one day! Respect, together we are strong, Metal never dies!


Needless to say, fans in Bangladesh are bummed:

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