Mashrou' Leila's vocalist-lyricist Hamed Sinno, right. Photo courtesy of Mashrou' Leila.
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Jordan has banned a performance by a popular Lebanese rock band on religious grounds, spurring criticism of the Western-allied kingdom, which portrays itself as an island of tolerance in a turbulent region.Media analyst Hosni Ayesh said the decision to prevent Friday's performance at the last minute reflects a rise in religious conservatism in Jordan.Some local media in Jordan blasted the imagery as Satanic. Other Jordanians are organizing a protest over the cancelled concert. Guitarist Firas Abou Fakher, 28, said Wednesday that the band was surprised to learn of the permit being denied. He said the band had played at the same site three times before, as well as across Jordan.
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