Monday, 7 April 2014

Swedish Artist Dan Park Sentenced to Prison After "Hate Crime" Prosecution

Swedish artist Dan Park faced two prison sentences because of his provocative street art.

Both sentences were given for the same pictures. During the first court case, Park had uploaded pictures on a blog to tell his fans what was going on - before any sentence was given. Today he received another prison sentence for doing that.

The court thought that Park had to be locked up because he was having a high risk of repeating the "crime". Altogether Park will spend 4 months in prison for thought/expression crimes. The prosecutor even demanded a psychiatric assessment to be performed on Park.

Artist Lars Vilks, who himself has been hunted by Muslims because of his art, commented that Dan Park is now part of the Swedish history of art.

Park's "crime" was to appear in an anti-racist demonstration carrying a provocative sign. The demonstration was held against the alleged police activity of keeping records of criminal gypsies. Park was carrying a sign that said "Gypsy Crime Is Something Good" and uploaded a picture of the text sign to the web.

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