Varg Vikernes to Crowdfund Lawsuit Against French Government

"Authorities had no reason to arrest us," says Burzum mastermind.

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After recuperating from the latest terrorism charges arrest, Burzum mastermind Varg Vikernes concluded that the French government had no legal right to arrest him and is now preparing to launch a lawsuit against the authorities.

Apart from revealing details behind his decision in a latest official blog post, the singer also called for financial help from anyone willing and able to donate funds and help his cause.

"The French authorities had no reason to arrest us in the first place," Varg said. "We had done nothing wrong, and they never had any evidence suggesting otherwise. They shot our door open, traumatized our children, threw my pregnant wife and me in holding cells and kept us there for two-three days."

After pointing out that the French government allegedly even tried to take his children away from him, Vikernes focused on the lawsuit.

"Naturally we are angry, and we don't want not tolerate this," he said. "We want to sue the authorities for arresting us for no good reason whatsoever, doing so in the most brutal way possible and with children present, and also for without any reason taking away our right to own or even possess weapons. Marie has a crime record white as snow, so there is no reason for them to take away her right and freedom to own weapons."

The singer concluded by openly asking for financial help, "We ask for help to sue from you, from individuals probably not directly affected by this case, because we believe that we are fighting not only for our rights and freedom, but also for the rights and freedom of every other citizen in France, and perhaps also in other European countries, who also risk being subjected to this type of treatment in the future."

Vikernes was arrested last month in his French home for allegedly "preparing a major terrorist act" described as a "massacre." He was reportedly also linked to Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian mass killer responsible for the death of 77 Norwegians in July 2011 Oslo shooting.

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    Curiosity got the better of me and I checked out wikipedia... I think murder and arson kind of gets you on the "people to watch" list for the government and takes away just a little of your credibility.
    I don't think Varg understands the difference between 'no reason' and 'no evidence'. If I saw him walking down my street I'd be pretty suspicious.
    lol varg
    The fact that I can imagine him screaming that shooters name while shaking fist at the sky while swearing vengeance in the name of Thor just makes this so much better, my ideal fantasy for this situtation would be for that guy to escape forcing the head of french police to team up with Varg to catch this terrorist before he perpetrates another attack, after relunctantly earning each others respect they catch him just in the nick of time. It then finishes with Varg carving the symbol of Thors hammer on the police chiefs forehead as an acknowledgement of both his bravery and the **** you Varg feels he deserves for the way his family was treated. And so the chief of police lived a long happy life of strangers asking who did that swastika thing from inglorious bastards at the wrong angle on his forehead.
    "traumatized our children" children that have an arsonist killer for father... you can't explain that
    Yeah. Surely he told his 3-4 year old kids he's been burning stuff and killing people. Note that I don't know the age of the kids, but I can't see a way for them to be older than 4 since he was released from prison 4 years ago.
    This guy is a total douche but the French Gov was very stupid on this.
    Agreed. Unlike his wife (probably), this guy sure has a crime record as far from white as one can imagine. But the gov act surely was pure overreaction, so I would not support both of them. But when I thik about it, all of this hype about terror and spying and arresting, all western world's governments should probably get sued a little bit more often for invading our privacy.
    Generally speaking, police can arrest you for anything. Charging you with an offence is something else.
    Generally speaking, an arrest without cause can lead to a law suit.
    Depends on the country , don't think Zimbabwe or China qualify there .
    You won by comparing France to China or Zimbabwe (even if it just sounds like a comparison and wasn't intended - it gave me a smile, no offense intended )
    Fair enough if you have a right to own weapons, but I'm pretty sure that right is null and void when you marry a convicted murderer
    there are tons of other guitar based genres. I would say shoegaze is more guitar-based than metal, anyway.
    Getting pretty tired of every single article on UG being about metal and the ****wits the genre has to offer. Can we have some real music/guitar related news?
    I'm pretty sure a musician getting arrested on terrorist charges and suing the government is newsworthy, especially on a music site
    Why do people complain about the abundance of Metal on a guitar site when its the most guitar-centric genre?
    People are talking about a genre I don't like. This can't be.
    I just find it funny how if this were a jazz website you wouldn't see articles like this. Yet metalheads still claim that their music is actually very intellectual and get so offended and defensive when you accuse their music of being violent or unhealthy.
    You don't win when you sue the police, unless there was abusive treatment outside the required activity needed to make the arrest. Policce get carte blanche to arrest whoever they want, as long as they have some sort of justification, however slim. Police state baby!
    The article left out that he's a French neo-nazi with terrorist ties and a ridiculous rap sheet.
    I won't be donating. You post racist, inflammatory shit on your website expressing support for racial warfare and for a guy who recently committed a terrorist act and the police have a duty to investigate you to make sure you're not going to get up to anything. Frankly, breaking down the door is the only sensible option if you're potentially dealing with a would-be terrorist, and they must have had some sort of leads in addition to his own ridiculous ramblings on Furthermore, I cannot stress this enough- it's not a civil liberties issue. Free speech =/= the right to incite hatred, freedom =/= the right to own a gun.
    Second Rate
    Freedom of speech =/= freedom of popular speech. Saying mean, hurtful, racist, whatever things is not an act of terrorism. Especially considering that we're living during an era in which everything is seemingly considered offensive.
    Unfair way of making an arrest? umm maybe, if you have proof then the gov ****ed it up. But don't think that a mother****ing murderer like you deserves any kind of charity. You've already got a lot of free publicity from your criminal record that is helping your mediocre music to get many buyers. Also, your right to own a weapon should be removed forever.
    1. He never f***ed his mother. 2. It's more about his children and pregnant wife psyche than his ass. He spend some time in prison so it won't be such a stress for him like for his wife. And I've heard that kids shouldn't see so much "action" when they're young. 3. Yeah, we might consider his music as crappy but this article isn't much about it. So there's no need to blahblahblah about his music, buyers, etc. 4. He has no right to own a weapon. His wife? Yup, it's her right. 5. Damn, he burned churches and murdered a person 20 years ago. Now they want to make him a terrorist. It's a difference, between being a murderer (who spent 16 years sitting in prison and 4 years raising babies) and being a terrorist, You know, killing 1 person against killing a lot of people. Yeah, maybe he dislikes muslim but he also dislikes christians. And still he haven't killed any muslim nor christian (unless Euronymous was a christian in disguise ).
    Oh mate just give him the Nobel peace prize already, he's clearly such a saint!