View Full Version : Theatre ends play in Sikh protest

12-21-2004, 07:06 PM
A play which led to violent protests among the Sikh community in Birmingham has had its run cancelled by the city's Repertory Theatre.
The theatre said it had refused to censor the work and was abandoning it purely on health and safety grounds.

Three police officers were hurt during clashes after 400 demonstrators gathered outside on Saturday.

Protesters said Behzti, which depicts sex abuse and murder in a temple, portrayed the Sikh faith negatively.

The theatre said the "ugly" violence had caused free speech to be curbed.

Stuart Rogers, the executive director of the Rep, told a press conference that the decision had been taken after discussions with police and Sikh community leaders on Monday morning.

Mr Rogers said: "The theatre vigorously defends its right to produce Behzti and other similar high-quality plays that deal with contemporary issues in a multicultural society.

"We sincerely hope that the play will be produced again as we are certain that it is a work that should be seen and discussed.

Read more on this article at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/4112105.stm

What are your views on this matter? Is the right of expressing ones views restricted for certain subjects?

12-21-2004, 07:22 PM
People should learn to be more accepting.. Portraying any incident DOESN'T (or rather cannot) degrade a community that was involved in that incident nor send negative signals about that community.. Its just baseless appreshension...

Is the right of expressing ones views restricted for certain subjects?

NO.. Right to express by itself a right of the humans.. No one can (or should) stop it..