A Danish art group in Copenhagen has been reported to police for allegedly encouraging terrorism as they plan to exhibit two of the Brussels bombers and the Paris suicide bomber, as 'martyrs'. Ibrahim and Khalid el-Bakraoui detonated bombs in Brussels in March while Foued Mohammed Agad blew himself up at Bataclan in Paris.
The exhibit is inspired by Tehran's martyrs' museum for people killed in Iran's Islamic revolution and the Iraq war. The installation will look like a museum, and pictures of martyrs will be used. The replicas of their belongings and plaques will explain who they are, the Guardian reported.
They will be portrayed along with historical figures who died for their own cause, like French heroine Joan of Arc and Greek philosopher Socrates. "A guide will talk about Foued Mohamed-Aggad and the events at the Bataclan, during which the room will also be filled with sound and light," said Ida Grarup Nielsen of artist collective The Other Eye of Tiger.
She added: "The story will be told more from his point of view. Our exhibit is really about describing the term 'martyr' from as many different angles as possible and through history. Everyone is a hero of their own story."
Diego Gugliotta, a local member of the ruling Venstre Party, reported the organisers of the event to police saying it encourages terrorism. He wrote a post on Facebook which said: "Portraying international terrorists as heroes could push some people to take the last step and join a terror organization."
The exhibit will be on display from 26 May until 10 June in Copenhagen's Meatpacking district.