Police called over Danish exhibit on Brussels, Paris bombers
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Police called over Danish exhibit on Brussels, Paris bombers

Group behind installation says terrorists will appear alongside historical figures who died for their cause, such as Joan of Arc

Three balloons in the colors of the Belgian flag fly as people mourn for the victims of the bombings at the Place de la Bourse in the center of Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, March 24, 2016.  (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Three balloons in the colors of the Belgian flag fly as people mourn for the victims of the bombings at the Place de la Bourse in the center of Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

A Copenhagen art show was reported to police on Monday on allegations of encouraging terrorism for plans to portray suicide bombers killed in the Brussels and Paris attacks as heroes.

A Danish group of artists plans to include brothers Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui, who detonated bombs in the deadly Brussels attacks in March, in the controversial show.

Foued Mohamed-Aggad, who blew himself up at Paris music venue Bataclan in November, is also to be in the exhibition partly inspired by Tehran’s Martyrs’ Museum to people killed in Iran’s Islamic revolution and war with Iraq.

The installation will have the look of a museum, using images of the bombers, replicas of their belongings and plaques to explain who they were.

A local member of Denmark’s ruling Venstre party, Diego Gugliotta, on Monday reported the event and its organizers to police for “encouraging terror.”

File: US rock group Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes (L) and guitarist Dave Catching pay tribute to the victims of the November 13 Paris terror attacks at a makeshift memorial in front of the Bataclan concert hall on December 8, 2015 in Paris. (AFP/Miguel Medina)
File: US rock group Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes (L) and guitarist Dave Catching pay tribute to the victims of the November 13 Paris terror attacks at a makeshift memorial in front of the Bataclan concert hall on December 8, 2015 in Paris. (AFP/Miguel Medina)

Portraying international terrorists as heroes could push some people to “take the last step and join a terror organization,” he wrote on Facebook.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for both the Paris attacks, which left 130 people dead, and the Brussels bombings, which killed 32.

The Islamic State attackers will be featured in the installation alongside historical figures considered to have died for their cause, such as French heroine Joan of Arc and Greek philosopher Socrates, said Ida Grarup Nielsen of artist collective The Other Eye of The Tiger.

“Our exhibit is really about describing the term ‘martyr’ from as many different angles as possible and through history,” Nielsen said.

Everyone is “the hero of [their] own story,” she added.

The exhibit is scheduled to go on display from May 26 until June 10 in a former abattoir in Copenhagen’s trendy Meatpacking District.

The venue is home to a theater group whose artistic leader, Christian Lollike, courted controversy in 2012 by staging a play based on the manifesto of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.

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