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Shofar FTP Archive File: orgs/danish/dnsb/skins-denmark

Newsgroups: alt.skinheads,alt.politics.white-power,alt.politics.nationalism.white,soc.culture.nordic
Subject: ADL: Skinhead International; Denmark
Summary: The ADL's "Skinhead International: A Worldwide Survey
         of Neo-Nazi Skinheads"
Followup-To: alt.skinheads

Archive/File: pub/orgs/american/adl/skinhead-international/skins-denmark
Last-Modified: 1995/08/29


The Skinhead phenomenon came on the Danish scene in the early
1980's when its young minions were generally referred to as
"Gronjakker" ("green jackets," their distinctive
military-style attire). their activity then was centered in
Osterbro in the east of Copenagen, an area where immigrants
were moving into apartments that native Danes had difficulty
obtaining. "Green jackets" became embroiled in the
controversy, engaging in physical assaults and racist
harangues. Some of their leaders received stiff jail sentences
for these attacks.

Today the Skinheads' numbers are down. They do have a
publication, _The Danish National Front_, and many of them are
active members of the right-wing Den Danske Forening (Danish
Society). Skinheads show up every year on June 5,
"Constitution Day," when public meetings take place around the
country. In recent years Skins have been employed on these
occasions as bodyguards for the right-wing politician Mogens

                    First Concert

On June 11, 1994, Skins organized Denmark's first Skinhead
concert. Held in Gladsaxe, a Copenhagen suburb, the event drew
some 300 Skins from Denmark, Sweden and Germany to hear two
bands: Bound for Glory, from the United States, and Svastika,
from Sweden. Members of the Danish Nazi party, DNSB, were
invited to attend, and did so.

Denmark's Skinheads may have met their match (of a sort) in
"De Autonome" ("The Autonomous"), a group of "anti-fascist"
militants better organized than the Skins and quite willing to
employ violence in their cause. These militants have been
accused of setting fie to one of the buses used by Sinheads
for transportation to the concert at Gladsaxe.
(Anti-Defamation League, 28-29)

                          Work Cited

Anti-Defamation League. The Skinhead International: A Worldwide
Survey of Neo-Nazi Skinheads. New York: Anti-Defamation League,
1995. Anti-Defamation League, 823 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY

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