Australia: Neo-Nazi music festival planned in Brisbane

January 8, 2012 16:53


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An annual neo-Nazi music festival will be happening this year at an undisclosed location in Brisbane, drawing the ire of the Australian human rights commissioner, the Courier Mail reported Sunday. 

The festival, called the Hammered Music Festival, was advertised on white supremacist websites promising local and international bands and a day full of events. The poster featured dramatic imagery of a Viking-themed battle.

Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr. Helen Szoke called the festival "abhorrent to our community," according to the Mail.

She called on those offended by the neo-Nazi party to complain under the Australian Racial Discrimination Act, which prohibits people in designated activities, clubs or associations from discriminating against anyone on the grounds of race, color, descent, national or ethnic origin and immigration status.

The controversial festival took place in 2010 on the Gold Coast, bringing groups of activists that protested outside the festival grounds.

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