Fighters+Lovers is a group consisting of 7 Danish people. The group has made a clothing company, brand and record label which sells controversial T-shirts, perfumes and CDs. The T-shirts feature logos of the FARC and the PFLP. These groups have been labeled by the United States Government and the European Union as terrorist groups. The company sold the T-shirts and collected 24.982 DKK (about $5000) and they were going to send the money to a radio station run by FARC and a printing press run by PFLP, however the money never made it to these groups because the police arrested the 7 people in February 2006 and withheld the funds.
On November 5, 2007 the group released a CD for sale called "Cumbia Clash – from the jungle to the streets" with songs supporting the FARC in techno/cumbia. During the event members of the company criticized the President of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe and described the country's political establishment as an "illegal state."
The seven members of Fighters+Lovers were accused by the Danish Prosecution Service of violating the European Union's anti-terrorism laws. On December 13, 2007 all seven accused were acquitted of the charges. The case was appealed to the second highest court in Denmark Landsretten, the judges found 6 of the seven guilty in supporting terrorist organizations, one was found innocent. Two were sentenced to 6 months in Prison, two others got 4 months suspended sentences and two got a 60 days suspended sentence.
The groups lawyer Thorkild Høyer told the press that he would try and appeal the case to the Danish high court Højesteret.
The case against Fighters+Lovers has been criticised in Denmark[who?] for its cost. So far the price of the court cases has exceeded 1 million DKK (US$200,000) which seems out of proportion given the fact that the amount to be sent was only 25,000 DKK (US$5,000).
Camilo Jiménez, a correspondent in Germany for Colombian magazine Revista Semana, characterized Fighters + Lovers as "evidently indifferent" to the suffering of those victimized by FARC's activities in Colombia and described the group's efforts as a "childish game" for the sake of challenging Danish anti-terror laws.
The group behind Fighters+Lovers has gotten support from Horserød-Stutthof Foreningen, which includes among its members former participants in the Danish resistance movement. When the Danish terror-law was first implemented they sent 1000DKK (US$200) to FARC and informed the Ministry of Justice of Denmark that they had done so. They also sent the same amount to PFLP in support of Fighters+Lovers. The Ministry of Justice has not reacted yet.
- (English)Fighters+Lovers About page
- (Danish)(English) Fighters+Lovers official homepage
- (Danish) Denmarks Radio on the case against Fighters+Lovers
- (English) Fighersandlovers.com Cumbia Clash - music for fighters and lovers
- (Spanish) Revista Semana: Just what we needed: Danish launched cumbias with themes favoring FARC
- (English) Reuters: Danish T-shirt group acquitted of funding terrorism. December 13, 2007
- (Danish) Politiken: Syv frifundet for støtte til terror
- (Danish) Domstol.dk: Dom i T-shirt - fightersandlovers-sagen
- (Danish) Domstol.dk press release on the t-shirt case
- (Danish) Politiken.dk, Fighters+Lovers sentenced for support of terror
- (Danish) Fightersandlovers.org Fighters+Lovers sentenced and acquitted
- (Danish) Politiken, Fighters+Lovers vil anke til højesteret
- (Danish) http://politiken.dk/kultur/article568544.ece
- (Danish) Avisen.dk Ok for resistance movement to give money to FARC