Gävle's goat is a giant version of a Swedish tradition. Photo: Scanpix

'Secret society' responsible for annual burnings

An artist found guilty of burning down Gävle's christmas goat in 2001 now says it is a secret society that carries out the yearly act of arson - and that this group is made up of the very people who build the goat.

Every year the town of Gävle builds a huge goat out of straw, and every year it burns down. Fire-retardant material and close circuit cameras have all failed to help the goat survive.

Speaking to Filter magazine the American artist says that the different sports clubs that are responsible for building the goat each year are also involved in burning down the goat - and that this would even include the fire fighter's team.

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