Croatia festival cancels Houellebecq play due to fears of Muslim contribution to multiculturalism & diversity

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival has canceled a planned premiere of a play by French author Michel Houellebecq, known for stirring controversy with his views of Islam, after police said it would present a security concern.

The play, based on his novel Les Particules Elementaires, was to open in Dubrovnik in July but the Dubrovnik county prefect had asked the intelligence service and police for a security assessment.

A police statement said the service concluded the show would represent a security risk.

“They did not use the word ‘terrorism’ but that’s what it is,” the Festival spokeswoman Karla Labas said on Thursday.

“The assessment is confidential and we’ll never see it but I think it was the combination of the author’s latest novel, the Charlie Hebdo attack and the proximity of Bosnia,” Labas said.

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