The Mashrou’ Leila band during a performance at Baalbek’s ancient Bacchus temple.
Photo Press Agency/Wael Hamza
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Jordan has banned a performance by a 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 last-minute decision to prevent Friday's performance reflects a rise in religious fundamentalism in Jordan.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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