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Wash-wear trick converts right into left

Rightwing rock fans at a nationalist music festival in eastern Germany were taken by surprise when souvenir T_shirts they were given were emblazoned with a secret anti-extremist message.

world Updated: Aug 12, 2011 01:22 IST

Rightwing rock fans at a nationalist music festival in eastern Germany were taken by surprise when souvenir T_shirts they were given were emblazoned with a secret anti-extremist message.

The slogan on the shirts first read "hardcore rebels" along with a skull and nationalist flags. But once the T-shirts were washed, the tagline turned into a message from a group offering to help far-right extremists break away from the neo-Nazi scene.

"If your T-shirt can do it, you can do it too - we'll help you get away from right-wing extremism," reads the slogan on the shirts after their first washing.

The shirts were handed to 250 people at a "Rock for Germany" festival in Gera by organisers after they had been donated anonymously. They were provided by Exit, a group which helps people disassociate themselves from the far-right.

Exit claimed to have pulled off the stunt after contacting festival organisers in the eastern state of Thuringia using a false name, saying they wanted to support the scene while retaining their anonymity. The T-shirts were in lieu of a donation, they claimed.