A group of 11 protesters were arrested after stripping naked, killing a sheep and chaining themselves to a gate at a museum on the grounds of the notorious Nazi death camp Auschwitz.
The demonstrators also reportedly launched a firecracker at the site, according to Mirror.
The group consisted of 11 people of different origins including Poland and Germany. The motivations of the protestors were unclear.
"Using the symbol of Auschwitz for any kind of manifestations or happenings is outrageous and unacceptable. It is disrespectful to the memory of all the victims of the German Nazi Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp," the museum said in a statement.
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Many readers expressed their horror at the demonstration, agreeing with the museum that the act disrespected the people who died during the Holocaust.
"Any sane person who has ever visited there will know that it's not a place to act the fool or take the p*ss. It's a devastating, painful experience and not for mocking," one Independent reader commented.
"I know that most will disagree however I believe that Auschwitz Museum should be off limits to the general public. That place is far more toxic to the healthy mind than Fukushima or Chernobyl to the healthy body. I know Europe quite well, school trips and other tours to that place is not a sign of historical awareness , it's the sing of self-induced cultural depression," another added.
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"We had a school trip not to Auschwitz but to Dachau when I was 16 years old. When you have seen the pictures, the stuff of cruelty and the atmosphere there you will never forget it for your whole life. I have learned there that is it worth to fight hard for freedom, democracy, tolerance and against racism, nationalism and xenophobia EVERY DAY," added a third reader.
Some readers speculated that the killing of the sheep was meant to indicate the motives of the protestors.
"Meat eaters are unable to see the connection between slitting an animal's throat and what went on inside Auschwitz," said one.
"Had I my way, people who kill and injure animals for fun rather than for food would be burned at the stake," said another.
Another protestor lamented that the story was inflaming Holocaust deniers: "Whenever this 'newspaper' publishes an article referencing Jews or Israel it's a question of lighting the blue touch paper and retreating to a safe distance to watch the haters come out from under their stones . There are some seriously sick people out there."