'Trojan' T-shirt trap set for German far-right

Germans who brought T-shirts bearing a skull and right-wing flags back from a recent rock festival will soon find that the print has given way to a message urging them to mend their ways.

An association which seeks to help people break away from right-wing groups on Tuesday said it had handed out 250 of these “Trojan” T-shirts at a right-wing rock festival on Saturday.

When the T-shirts are washed, the original print bearing the skull and motto “hardcore rebels” will be replaced by a new message, the Exit association announced on its internet site.

“What your T-shirt can do, so can you—we’ll help you break with right-wing extremism,” the new message will read.

The T-shirts were handed out free of charge at a rock festival in Gera, eastern Germany.

“With these T-shirts we aimed to make ourselves known among right-wingers, especially amongst young ones who are not yet fully committed to the extreme right,” said Exit founder Bernd Wagner.

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