Newsgroups: alt.skinheads,alt.politics.white-power,alt.politics.nationalism.white,soc.culture.chile Subject: ADL: Skinhead International; Chile 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-chile Last-Modified: 1995/08/27 Chile In Chile the Skinhead and neo-Nazi worlds blur and intersect, due to the existence of: (a) a sizable Hitlerite youth movement which is not necessarily marked by musical proclivities or shaved heads, and (b) _Cabezas Rapadas_ - Skinheads - some of whom are neo-Nazis, and others ultra-nationalists given to street violence. There are, however, obvious general tendencies which have led to interaction among the groupings. In the British skinzine _Last Chance_, Chilean Skinhead Hans Kwasigroch has written that many Skins are "non-politcal," although the rise of a deeply ideological neo-Nazi youth movement, "Esoterica," has led to "an awakening" in which most Skins can identify with the Nazis "in the same cause, the love of our country." One of the leaders of the Nazis, a writer and former diplomat named Miguel Serrano, speaks ambiguously on the question of violence. "For now, we cannot take to the streets and fight," he says. "This is the time to defend our ideals, myths, and legends." As for the Skinheads: "I would tell them not to employ violence, simply because it is unnecessary. But if we keep bringing in Koreans, Taiwanese and Jews, violence will probably result." But Serrano has defended Skinhead assaults against homosexuals and drug addicts as "stupendous!" and has chided the Catholic Church for not doing more about such persons. "The Skinheads," says Serrano, "represent the most profound and important values of the Chilean people." Core of Two Hundred Over the past two years the Skins' numbers have grown in Chile's two major metropolitan areas, Santiago (particularly in its suburbs of Maipu and Puente Alto) and Valparaiso. The movement is estimated to comprise a core of 200 militants throughout the country. Chile's Skinheads are said to be quite certain that a totalitarian system will one day be imposed upon the whole world, and that all people will see that it is best for them. The idea is articulated in their songs, which carry much the same fulsome thoughts as Skin music everywhere. The most successful of the Chilean Skins bands, Rockan Oi, features a song dedicated to Hitler ("Someone Like You Will Never Be Forgotten"), which proclaims, in part: "He created a nation ... he only wanted to rid his country of worms." Among Rockan Oi's other titles are: "KKK," "Camarada Rudolf Hess," and "One in a Million" (a reference to Nazi leader Serrano). Rockan Oi has played in theaters and at university campuses. As elsewhere, it is through their music at such gatherings that the Skins reach impressionable youngsters. The Santiago newspaper Mercurio has noted a serious influence of Skinhead "culture" on campus life, naming several universities: Chile, Central, Diego Portales, and Gabriela Mistral. "Kick a Few People" There is, of course, a rowdy side to the story. The Skinhead quoted from the British skinzine earlier wrote: "We go out to have a laugh and perhaps kick a few people who are not nice to us. We go to pubs or heavy metal concerts and every Friday and Saturday we end up really drunk." Chilean Professor Erwin Robertson, an historian who is an unabashed admirer of Hitler, has found the Skinheads "an interesting phenomenon because they are middle-class youths, spontaneously organized, who have taken an attitude of rebellion." 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 10017.
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