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Dresden, Germany: Controversy about a “Trojan horse” erected in the city center

It weighs 500 kilos, is 5 meters high, and aims to be an “artistic metaphor for the situation in our country.” This controversial “Trojan Horse” sculpture has been on display since Friday night in front of the Palace of Culture in the center of Dresden, and will remain up until Monday. It was created by the “ProMitsprache” [roughly, “Our Say”] association, a citizens’ group critical of the presence of migrants.

In a statement, the association said, “The myth of the Trojan Horse seemed to be an appropriate way of reminding us of what is important to us and what worries us.”

An opposing association, Atticus, which by to its own words advocates for Dresden to become “open to the world” and more diverse, criticized the action, describing it as “an insidious attack against the fundamental values of our democracy under the cover of the love of country and freedom.”

Last year, a work of art concerning the migrant crisis had already sparked controversy: The “monument” of German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni, which consisted of old buses standing upright.

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