Nicosia, Cyprus (Associated Press)-Police say a man was accused of threats and harassment after he was accused of “desecration” from the country on the ground of the Cyprus Public Radio to participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. on Sunday.
The police told the Associated Press that the unknown man was released after being charged with four counts, including verbal abuse.
Police said witnesses to Saturday’s incident told investigators that the man spoke verbally with employees outside the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation’s press department. Apparently, he was frustrated that he chose the song “El Diablo”
Amateur videos of CyBC employees facing the man showed that he yelled at many employees in the yard, asking them how to justify supporting the song.
The title of “El Diablo” and its lyrics-“I expressed my heart to Diablo…because he told me that I am his angel”-in the island country of the Eastern Mediterranean, some people feel uneasy. Think it is full of connotations of Satan.
According to a report by the Cyprus News Agency, an association representing theologians who teach in high school expressed “disgust” with the song and called for the song to be withdrawn because it “commits lifelong dedication and expresses love for Satan.”
The agency also reported that the broadcaster received threatening phone calls saying that it was “to be burned” because of the song.
The far-right ELAM party issued a statement saying that even though the lyrics of the song are metaphorical, it “attacks and insults our faith in a shadowy way.”
At the same time, others downplayed “El Diablo” on social media, treating it as a good song, defending it as a small satire of “scorching romance,” or labeling critics as religious fanatics.
Cyprus’ best performance ever in a pop music competition was the runner-up in 2018 with the song “El Fuego” by singer Eleni Foureira.
The annual Eurovision Song Contest is a well-loved European music institution, watched by thousands of audiences, and it often involves controversial songs, songs with suspicious taste or poor taste.