The Dresden Semper Opera Ball, shadowed by recent allegations of fomenting hatred, will today award the Order of St. George in Cairo to the Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
The Ball’s artistic director Hans-Joachim Frey said: ‘Our motto for the St. George’s order is ‘Adverso Flumine – Gegen den Strom’. That means we also make decisions that are very important for future developments.’ Apparently, bankrupt Egypt is building a new opera house.
Saxony’s Economics Minister Martin Dulig (SPD) called the decision shameful. He said: ‘Those who want to honour an autocrat and oppressor like Al-Sisi for PR reasons are acting irresponsibly.’