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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.
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
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The event is co-organized by the Southern Cross Hammerskins, the Australian
branch of a white supremacist group originally founded in Dallas, Texas in the late 1980s.
The Hammerskins described the event to The Jerusalem Post as a "private event."
is for like minded individuals to get together and enjoy music and the
company of like minded individuals," the group said, adding that in
order to go to the festival, you must attend a "meet and greet" prior to event.
group said it's intentions were "harmless, and legal," adding that
there were "those that are set to see this event not go ahead," after activists protested outside the festival in 2010.
Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr. Helen Szoke called the event "abhorrent to our community," according to the Mail.
called on those offended by the neo-Nazi gathering 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.
Despite the potential for incitement to racism, the festival as planned is legal, Queensland police said.
Music is an integral part of the Hammerskin international culture, and
has been used as a recruiting tool, the Anti-Defamation League wrote on