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Manson's Croatia gig goes ahead
Marilyn Manson
Manson is perfoming around Europe on his Against All Gods tour
Police in Croatia have allowed a concert by rock star Marilyn Manson to go ahead, despite church protests that the singer "promotes Satanism".

Manson's performance took place in the coastal town of Pula on Monday night with a considerable police presence.

Catholic priests told Pula's mayor that "Manson fans turn the site of his concerts into Sodom and Gomorrah".

"For me it is normal that as an artist I provoke people," the singer told local newspaper Novi List.

"If they think that an artist can destroy their faith, then their faith is rather fragile.

Dark persona

"I don't claim that what I do is suitable for everybody," said Manson.

"I am very disappointed with policies and religions who manipulate people," added the singer, renowned for his striking stage make-up and raunchy performances.

Catholic clerics had offered to pay compensation to the city's authorities to cover any losses incurred by the cancellation of the concert in the coastal city's Roman Amphitheatre.

Protestant organisation Oaza also called for the concert to be banned.

A lone Catholic churchman in Croatia spoke up in favour of Manson ahead of his performance.

Anton Bobas - who has his own metal band - said Manson's performance was "unlikely to turn young people in Satanists", but added that the rock star's persona was rather dark.

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