THERE have been a number of red faces in the German Defence Ministry and Armed Forces after politically inspired artistic collective received permission to set up what was supposed to be a piece of performance art outside of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office.
In the same way that some police forces arrange arms amnesties, this piece is a large ‘drop off’ box asking those who have found some of the guns that have allegedly gone missing from the army to return them.
To make matters worse, they claim that some of the 60 kilos of explosives, 74,161 rounds of ammunition, more than two dozen automatic rifles, two handheld ground-to-air rocket launchers, and eight missile tubes for Tornado fighter planes have actually found their way into the hands of right-wing organisations.
The stunt, officially permitted by the authorities, is by the Centre for Political Beauty (Zentrum für Politische Schönheit, ZPS), which has set up a website that also looks genuine and the art collective encourages people to contact Germany’s Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD) if they know where any of the Bundeswehr’s missing weapons are or if they suspect any extremists in the military.
The group says it received reports of 44 “suspects” in the armed forces on the first day of the campaign, which they have passed on to the Defence Ministry and the German politicians reported DW.com.
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