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by PunkÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Not Dead
Monday, Mar. 06, 2006 at 10:55 AM
“Several people said fighting broke out after a group of skinheads began shouting ‘White Power’"
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Mainstream corporate press accounts tell of "violence erupting" at the long awaited "British Invasion 2k6" concert at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. The Associate Press wrote a report on the disturbance that has been picked up and published around the world, but the AP made no mention of what apparently set the whole riot off. The AP report simply said; “The rioting started at 8 p.m. Saturday (0400 GMT Sunday) at the ‘British Invasion 2K6’ show at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino when police responded to a report of a stabbing inside the concert area, police spokesman Sgt. Rick Lindsey said.”
The Daily Bulletin, a local San Bernardino newspaper, published a report that shed some light on the matter. Staff writers Selicia Kennedy-Ross and Gina Tenorio reported that “Several people said fighting broke out after a group of skinheads began shouting ‘White Power’ during the concert.”
Punk rockers have historically opposed fascist groups and their ideology, from the 1977 UK “Rock Against Racism” concerts played by the Clash and other punks, to the present day efforts of a whole new crop of anti-racist/anti-fascist bands like Total Chaos and Naked Aggression (who appeared at the British Invasion 2k6 concert.) Back in the 1980’s the Dead Kennedys wrote “Nazi Punks F**k Off,” a song addressing the problem of fascists attempting to infiltrate the punk movement, and the problem persists today.
At the San Bernardino “British Invasion 2k6” show, concert goers had paid $35 at the door to attend the concert. What they found in the venue was a gaggle of jack-booted storm trooper provocateurs chanting “White Power.” Undoubtedly, the nazi goons felt their turf had been invaded, as they have been organizing in the San Bernardino area for some time. The Inland Empire, comprised of San Bernardino, Riverside, Ontario, Menifee, Murietta, and the High Desert, has been plagued by organized white supremacist groups - with fascist skinheads playing a key role in hate crimes. The Anti Defamation League reports that one nazi outfit headquartered in San Bernardino County, Volksfront, “distributes hate literature and organizes racist events and concerts.” A brief history of recent fascist skinhead organizing and terror in San Bernardino County is outlined in “Spreading Web of Intolerance,” an article written by Joe Nelson and published in the Daily Bulletin Feb. 10th, 2006 (you can read the informative report here: http://www.rickross.com/reference/skinheads/skinheads60.html
Undeniably, the presence of fascist skinheads at the British Invasion show was the core reason for the violence. Their very presence was a provocation, and their chanting of racist slogans no doubt infuriated anti-racist punks who had gathered to see some terrific anti-fascist bands. Whether it was the fury of punk rockers aimed at the Hitler loving skinheads, or the hate mongering skins who unleashed the violence is beside the point - whenever you have bona fide nazis in your midst there is going to be trouble. It is unclear at this point who was stabbed and beaten at the concert, but my bet is on the nazi skins as the instigators.
Daily Bulletin article: http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_3570769
Official website for the British Invasion concert: http://www.britishinvasion.us/
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|Think a nazi got the blade
||Monday, Mar. 06, 2006 at 2:24 PM
|police truck and kill the poor
||Monday, Mar. 06, 2006 at 3:26 PM
||Monday, Mar. 06, 2006 at 4:32 PM
||the people united
||Monday, Mar. 06, 2006 at 7:46 PM
||Monday, Mar. 06, 2006 at 8:06 PM
|"Suppose they were not nazi wannabes"
||Monday, Mar. 06, 2006 at 8:33 PM
|look at it historically
||Monday, Mar. 06, 2006 at 8:59 PM
|police didn't help
||Monday, Mar. 06, 2006 at 9:35 PM
|well, shouting nazi slogans
||Monday, Mar. 06, 2006 at 10:19 PM
|Punks and Skins
||Tuesday, Mar. 07, 2006 at 10:31 AM
|"boots and fists"
||give 'em what they deserve
||Tuesday, Mar. 07, 2006 at 10:45 AM
|POLICE WORSENED THE SITUATION
||Drop Dead Fed
||Tuesday, Mar. 07, 2006 at 10:46 AM
|Everyone has it wrong!
||Tuesday, Mar. 07, 2006 at 2:47 PM
|PUNK ROCK CHAOS
||TONY VOLTAGE (USA)
||Tuesday, Mar. 07, 2006 at 4:43 PM
|Finally someone gets it
||Tuesday, Mar. 07, 2006 at 5:50 PM
||Tuesday, Mar. 07, 2006 at 6:51 PM
|RE: Finally someone gets it
||Tuesday, Mar. 07, 2006 at 8:09 PM
||Tuesday, Mar. 07, 2006 at 8:42 PM
||Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2006 at 12:24 AM
|why do racists show up
||Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2006 at 9:54 AM
|give 'em what they deserve
||pull 'em up
||Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2006 at 11:02 AM
|It All Could Have Been Avoided
||Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2006 at 12:16 PM
||Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2006 at 3:57 PM
||Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2006 at 4:19 PM
|it was the fucking pigs
||Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2006 at 9:16 PM
|it was all f***ed up
||Thursday, Mar. 09, 2006 at 10:33 AM
||Thursday, Mar. 09, 2006 at 10:36 AM
|this whole thing was messed up
||Thursday, Mar. 09, 2006 at 3:48 PM
||Thursday, Mar. 09, 2006 at 4:05 PM
||Friday, Mar. 10, 2006 at 9:30 AM
||Friday, Mar. 10, 2006 at 11:31 AM
|the articles all wrong!!!
||Saturday, Mar. 11, 2006 at 11:38 AM
|NOT ALL SKIN ARE NAZIS
||Sunday, Mar. 12, 2006 at 8:41 PM
||Monday, Mar. 13, 2006 at 11:29 AM
|'resounding lack of intelligence'
||Tell me about it
||Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2006 at 7:53 AM
||Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2006 at 9:47 AM
||Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2006 at 11:01 AM
|fascism cannot work
||Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2006 at 6:06 PM
|Now wait just one god damn minute!
||Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2006 at 6:48 PM
||Just so you know, Hex...
||Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2006 at 2:34 AM
|Just so you know, Hex...
||Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2006 at 2:35 AM
|I listen to punk before the entire genre sold out.
||Thursday, Mar. 16, 2006 at 6:45 AM
||Thursday, Mar. 16, 2006 at 9:28 AM
|Hex, I don't suppose you were one of those people who helped (as you claim) shut down KOBE
||Thursday, Mar. 16, 2006 at 7:38 PM
|As you wish
||Friday, Mar. 17, 2006 at 9:35 AM
||Friday, Mar. 17, 2006 at 11:18 AM
|Who's dumb idea was it to have a punk show knowing that Nazis and skinheads would arrive?
||Friday, Mar. 17, 2006 at 4:37 PM
||Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2006 at 6:30 AM
||Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2006 at 6:39 AM
||Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2006 at 6:44 AM
|A little off-topic, but related nonetheless.
||Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2006 at 8:52 PM
|I'm on probation until September, smarty!
||Saturday, Apr. 01, 2006 at 6:33 PM
|At least I don't wear a god damn swastika on my body!
||Tuesday, Apr. 04, 2006 at 9:27 PM
||Wednesday, Apr. 05, 2006 at 6:28 AM
|You just keep getting more pathetic.
||Thursday, Apr. 06, 2006 at 3:42 AM
|That message I sent you wasn't the surprise.
||Thursday, Apr. 06, 2006 at 7:04 PM
|How dare they...
||Friday, Apr. 14, 2006 at 7:27 AM
||Saturday, Apr. 15, 2006 at 11:08 PM
|I don't hate people for their race or ethnicity!
||Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2006 at 1:33 PM
||Thursday, Apr. 20, 2006 at 8:48 AM
|Man, you're sad.
||Thursday, Apr. 20, 2006 at 10:36 PM
||Sunday, Apr. 23, 2006 at 3:26 PM
|I see you've never done an ounce of research on this.
||Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2006 at 3:32 AM
|Again, the only person ignorant and closed-minded is YOU.
||Thursday, Apr. 27, 2006 at 2:51 PM
|Considering that reading requires eyes not ears.
||Friday, Apr. 28, 2006 at 3:36 AM
|You have no eyes, either.
||Friday, Apr. 28, 2006 at 10:59 AM
||Saturday, Apr. 29, 2006 at 3:25 AM
||Saturday, Apr. 29, 2006 at 8:04 PM
||Sunday, Apr. 30, 2006 at 2:19 PM
|What's your point?
||Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 3:27 AM
|Do you believe those books?
||Tuesday, May. 02, 2006 at 1:33 PM
||Wednesday, May. 03, 2006 at 3:27 AM
|Can you tell me who this person is?
||Wednesday, May. 03, 2006 at 10:42 PM
||Wednesday, May. 03, 2006 at 11:09 PM
|Doesn't mean he was in a Nazi Concentration camp.
||Thursday, May. 04, 2006 at 3:37 AM
||Thursday, May. 04, 2006 at 1:58 PM
||Sunday, May. 28, 2006 at 5:30 PM
||Saturday, Jun. 10, 2006 at 9:55 AM
||Saturday, Jun. 10, 2006 at 10:06 PM
||Sunday, Aug. 06, 2006 at 4:32 AM
||Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006 at 7:10 PM
|I'm trying to get a punk band going in the Big Bear / High Desert area.
||Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007 at 1:23 AM
|BTW, you can also call me on my cell.
||Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007 at 1:25 AM
|I WAS THERE
||Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2007 at 7:43 AM
|Pregnant and Tear Gassed
||Friday, May. 21, 2010 at 8:04 AM
|Pregnant and Tear Gassed
||Friday, May. 21, 2010 at 8:05 AM
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