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Newsgroups: alt.skinheads,alt.politics.white-power,alt.politics.nationalism.white,soc.culture.argentina
Subject: ADL: Skinhead International; Argentina
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-argentina
Last-Modified: 1995/08/11


A racist Skinhead scene emerged in Argentina in the mid-1980's.
Since then, its numbers have fluctuated and appear to have peaked in
1991 when they claimed approximately 100 Skinheads in Buenos Aires

Many Argentine Skins harbor xenophobic views, blaiming immigrants -
some singling out Bolivians and Koreans - for the country's
problems. Skinheads have also sparked violent confrontations in
Buenos Aires clubs and discos, usually with other young toughs,
particularly punk rockers. Nazi medals and tattoos are popular among
Skins, and Nazi and racist graffiti attributed to them has appeared,
occasionally written in English. Argentine Skins mix their cult of
violence and hate with an enthusiasm for soccer and beer. As in
Europe, it is often difficult to distringuish between Skinheads and
soccer hooligans, and the two groups are known to overlap.

A neo-Nazi influence has pervaded the Argentine Skinhead movement
from the start. Some Skins have been linked with Movimiento Nacional
Socialista, a neo-Nazi organization.

                       Comando Suicida

The Argentine Skinhead movement has followed the fortunes of the
Skin band Comando Suicida. Started in 1984, the band has folded and
reformed several times. Its lyrics (and interviews) express
hostility toward immigrants, homosexuals, Catholics and Jews. The
band has connections with Skinheads in Germany, and has been
interviewewd in English and Brazilian zines. One of the band's
members - formerly associated with Movimiento Nacional Socialista -
offered the following commentary on contemporary Europe:

   Since World War II ended there's been a plot to destroy
   Europe, a racial destruction, I mean.... They filled
   Germany with Turks, France with Algerians, England with
   Pakistanis... That's a way of filling Europe with shit, to 
   mix, to mix them to spoil the good that is left in European
   blood. (Anti-Defamation League, 10)

                          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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