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
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.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.