More than 120 tattoo parlors around the world have reportedly offered free Swastika tattoos as part of a movement to reclaim the Nazi symbol as originally a symbol of peace.
The campaign ‘Learn to Love the Swastika’ intends to reclaim the symbol, an ancient Buddhist and Hindu sign of peace, and require signing a form stating that it is not for neo-Nazi reasons. According to news.com.au, the Swastika has been banned in several European countries as hate speech, and remains a symbol used by neo-Nazis and white supremacists. However, the controversial campaign has prompted outrage from the Jewish community as a way of racism. President of the Jewish Congregation of Copenhagen, Finn Schwartz said that the Swastika was once something else, but which the Nazi took hostage, cannot just be washed clean. Meatshop tattoo parlour owner Peter Madsen said that anyone who gets the tattoo because they are a neo-Nazi may think they are wearing a symbol of racism, but that doesn’t change the fact they are actually wearing on their bodies the symbol for a better world.
Madsen revealed that he had to turn down people after the 54th client to get the tattoo.