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Press ReleaseNeo-Nazis/Skinheads
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ADL TO 4 COUNTRIES RECENTLY HIT BY SKINHEAD VIOLENCE: YOU'RE NOT ALONE IN FIGHTING GROWING WORLDWIDE MENACE

New York, NY, July 12, 1995...In letters fired off to four government leaders whose countries have been seized by the brutality of young gangs of bigots, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said it shared each government's outrage and deep concern at the recent violence involving neo-Nazi skinheads, and offered them the League's newly-published report on international Skinheads to help fight the growing worldwide menace. The report reveals the movement involves some 70,000 youths in 33 countries on six continents.

"The Anti-Defamation League has been monitoring racist Skinheads for ten years," Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said in his letters to the Ministers of Justice of Portugal, France, Argentina and Italy, "and we recognize that these young gangs pose a serious threat of violence...in every community in which they exist."

With each letter, Foxman enclosed the League's just-released The Skinhead International: A Worldwide Survey of Neo-Nazi Skinheads, the first major study of its kind, to help the governments cope with the growing network of globally linked neo-Nazi thugs.

Foxman said "effective law enforcement is needed to prevent these racists from doing further damage....Our report points out that decisive action from government agencies in the United States and Germany has resulted in a decline in the level of Skinhead violence. Experience also shows that law enforcement vigilance must be maintained for the positive impact to be lasting."

In Portugal, a young Cape Verdean immigrant was bludgeoned to death, and a dozen people of African origin were injured, during a rampage by 50 Skinheads through the streets of Lisbon in June; in France on May 1, a young Moroccan drowned after he was thrown into the Seine -- a Skinhead has reportedly confessed to pushing the victim into the river; in Argentina this month, Skinheads, reportedly calling a man "Jew" even though he was not Jewish, beat him so severely he required a four-day hospitalization, and in Italy in April, Skinheads armed with clubs clashed with police in a Rome suburb, leaving five officers in need of medical attention.

Referring to the League's more than eighty year history in fighting violent hatred, Foxman invited the ministers to "feel free to call on the ADL for further information or assistance in your fight against this menace."

Editor's Note: Copies of the reports are available on-line on Nexis, code search USNWR, and from the ADL Public Relations Department.

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