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Norwegian police have shut down the satirical anti-Bush website killhim.nu (Kill Him Now) by Norwegian rap trio Gatas Parlament, daily newspaper Aftenposten reports. The site urged Norwegians to put a bounty on the head of president Bush.

Norwegian police removed the site's content and replaced it with a fax notification of the closure. Police attorney Pål-Fredrik Hjort Kraby says the content was removed because it violated Norwegian harassment laws.

Aslak Borgersrud of Gatas Parlament says the site "was not about killing anyone", but a spoof on Tellhim.no, where artists took donations to pay for an anti-Bush campaign in Washington Post. The site also promoted the new album release "Fred, frihet og alt gratis", which translates as: "Peace, freedom and everything for free".

Gatas Parlament have a history of provocative political activism. The rappers insulted Crown Prince Haakon at a show where Haakon himself was present. And in one of their videos, they call Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik "a murderer, a thief and a puppet who does everything George W. Bush asks". ®

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