As previously noted, one of the founders of the bonehead (neo-Nazi skinhead) gang ‘American Front’, David Lynch, is dead, shot to death in his home in Sacramento, CA. Like other dead boneheads, his death has been greeted with much wailing and gnashing of teeth by his kameraden on the racist right–their attempts to balance the more generalised expressions of hatred and contempt for Dead Guy on various news sites and bulletin boards an admirable, if impossible, quest.
For some reason, people just. don’t. like. Nazis.
On learning of Lynch’s death, my first thought was ‘I wonder which of his fellow boneheads is responsible?’ Today, that person of interest is revealed as being Charles Gilbert Demar III, lead shouter of nutzi band ‘Stormtroop 16’. A sample lyric from the album The new voice of oi! (Condemned Records, 2006):
Sacramento is our home / We drenched these streets with blood and bone / Stick together, through thick and thin / We’re born to fight, we’re bred to win / Street commandos in the night / We love the chase, we love to fight / Can’t back down, this is our fate / Face the aggression / Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! 88!
Of the accusation:
Demar’s former mother-in-law, Kelly Caramella, told The Bee today that police had detained her for questioning Wednesday afternoon and wanted information about Demar. “It is totally ludicrous,” she said. “It is impossible that Charlie would hurt Dave, they loved each other as brothers.”
Point being, when they’re not bashing homeless people or picking on inter-racial couples, boneheads have a habit of channeling their violence towards one another. Curiously, David Lynch was recently pictured on the Rose City Antifa blog along with Randal Krager, the founder of another bonehead gang called Volksfront (President of Neo-Nazi Organization Contracted to Work in the Middle East, January 11, 2011):
On November 30, 2010, antifascist hackers targeted and disabled over a dozen fascist, neo-Nazi, and white power websites, publicly releasing information from several neo-Nazi forums as well as associated email addresses…
Rose City Antifascists (RCA) discovered a particularly noteworthy email in the wealth of intelligence made public by the hack. In a message dated October 15, 2009, Randal Krager—founder and president of the neo-Nazi organization Volksfront International—delegated tasks involved with running the group while he prepared to spend a year in the Middle East working for a private firm, possibly connected to the US military presence in the region…
Randal Krager (L) with (L-R, foreground) other neo-Nazi leaders Del O’Connor (Blood & Honour America), David Lynch (American Front), and Mike Lawrence (Volksfront) circa 2009.
The Australian franchise of Volksfront is largely based in Sydney. Its two principal spokesmen (No Girls Allowed!) are 20-something Chris Smith and 40-something Welf Herfurth. Smith–who in December 2010 got a 12-month suspended sentence for bashing and robbing some guy–is also a Creatard (a ‘Reverend’ in the the White supremacist Creativity kvlt) and the bRanes behind a new blog titled “AntiAntifaAustralia”, which specifically targets people who oppose fascism. Herfurth, for his part, is responsible for both the New Right and ‘national anarchism’ and serves as MC at the annual Australia First Party conference known as the Sydney Forum. Last year the Forum’s honoured guest was Canadian Holocaust denialist Paul Fromm.
‘Diversity’ by Belgian reich ‘n’ rollers Kill Baby Kill. The band toured Australia in 2008; Dieter Samoy, the lead shouter, committed suicide in January after being sentenced to several years jail for assault. Blood & Honour and the Hammerskins, the neo-Nazi networks responsible for organising the tour, will be presenting some more foreign bands this weekend in Melbourne. The site on which the vid was originally produced was known as podblanc.com: the site’s creator, Craig Cobb, is a Creatard, and was last year deported from Estonia to the US…
Anti-Racist Canada reports that the subject of the newly-launched ‘Combat 18’-aligned neo-Nazi skinhead network ‘Blood & Honour’ has generated some rather heated disco on Stormfront of late, with Canadian moderator Dan Martin (‘OdinPatrick’) coming down firmly on the other side of the dispute; that is, the Hammerskin- (and Volksfront-) aligned B&H. According to Martin and other Jew-hatin’ critics, C18 is a terrorist group, and its actions damage the White nationalist cause. Sadly, Martin fails to explain how he reconciles this claim with the fact that Stormfront is owned by a convicted terrorist named Don Black.
The Canadian B&H/C18 has as its fuehrer a meathead called John Marleau, previously the fuehrer of another mob called the Aryan Guard (AG). One of the few groups to take up the call by Australian White supremacists to celebrate the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Racism’ (March 21) as ‘White Pride World Wide’ (WPWW) Day, the AG had a few brief moments in the spotlight before falling apart in a bout of internecine warfare. The AG was also one of many fascist groups supported by Canadian Holocaust denialist Paul Fromm, currently meant to be on tour in Australia.
The ‘debate’ in Canada follows the sentencing last month of B&H/C18 Australia member Bradley Trappitt for crimes arising from his involvement in a shooting incident at a Perth mosque. Like Trappitt, Stormfront Down Under moderator Paul Innes (‘Steelcap Boot’) is from Perth. An attempt by the West Australian branch of B&H to organise a gig on ANZAC Day last year was unsuccessful as one of the bands — Indigenous Hate — decided to throw its weight behind B&H/C18. The angry Aryan pop group, like C18, appears to have disbanded, but it’s likely only a matter of time before something similar re-emerges.
The Hammerskin and Volksfront franchises in Australia appear to be fairly stable, with the former group organising a gig in Melbourne on Grand Final Day. Elsewhere, Mário Machado, the leader of the Portuguese Hammerskins, was last month sentenced to seven years and two months jail for the crimes of coercion, robbery, kidnapping and illegal possession of weapons, while a member of Volksfront in the US, Corey J. Miller, got into some minor trouble in July; in May, one of his kameraden, John Edward Grogan, got sentenced to 5 years jail for defacing a synagogue (in April 2009).
Melbourne-based Patrick O’Sullivan — who, posting as ‘RAHOWA NOW’, leaps to the defence of C18 — is the contact point for ‘The Creativity Movement’ in Australia. O’Sullivan has few followers aside from the homeless yoof he periodically recruits, but a coupla pinheads were spotted recently distroing his agitprop in Wellington (Aotearoa/New Zealand). In this case, supply could easily said to be exceeding demand. Nevertheless, last year, a rival faction of Creatards emerged in Victoria when Scott Harrison, the racist teenybopper, and former friend of O’Sullivan, decided to swap his ‘anarchist’ label for an openly and unapologetically White supremacist one. Based in Geelong, and studying at Deakin University, it’s likely that Harrison’s current infatuation will be replaced by another before too long. In Sydney, the teenybopper’s former leader Welf Herfurth — aka ‘New Right Australia & New Zealand’ — has been busy helping to develop the local franchise of Volksfront. His main ally in this endeavour is Chris Smith, who represents the interests of the Creatards in New South Wales, and is formally allied with Harrison.
Elsewhere, boneheads belonging to ‘Right Wing Resistance New Zealand’ have been complaining about police harassment. Although the reasons why remain unspecified, if they’re anything like other fascist vigilantes, it’ll likely be as a result of either: a) drugs; b) domestic violence or; c) public violence. Kyle Chapman, the leader of RWRNZ, was featured on Kiwi TV recently (Marc Ellis’ How the Other Half Lives), in his role as leader of another mob called ‘Survive Club’, a Whites-only group preparing for the coming Armageddon. By mutual agreement, the episode made no reference to Chapman’s decades-long involvement in far right politics.
As well as being fueher of the ‘New Zealand National Front’ (NZNF), Chapman was also, briefly, a signatory to an accord with the ‘Australia First Party’, whose annual conference took place this weekend in Sydney. Among those speaking at the event was the Canadian neo-Nazi Paul Fromm, a Holocaust denialist who participated in AG events in Canada and who is currently running for Mayor of Mississauga.
The 2010 Sydney Forum done come and gone, with relatively little fanfare. Presumably, things went swimmingly for da fash, while Sydney-based businessman, Volksfront organiser, and Master of Race Ceremonies Welf Herfurth ran a friendly but tight ship. Nevertheless, some Sydney-siders did apparently decide to hold some kinda rally in opposition to the Forum on the Sunday, across the road from the venue @ The Bunker:
In his 10th straight year at university but flush with his dead father’s cash, Jim Saleam bought a house at 725 Princes Highway, Tempe, for $90,000. It was 1983 and this grim little terrace, along the main trucking route to Port Botany and just beyond Sydney airport’s runways, has been the Australian headquarters for hate politics ever since.
Happily, the NSW police were kind enough to provide a security detail for the event, one which also apparently outnumbered protesters, who were noticeable largely by their absence. (Or rather, I had difficulty spotting them from my helicopter.) Police were also kept active in Newtown as “Newtown square/The Hub was occupied … by anarchists, anti-authoritarians, antifascists and people in solidarity to make a demonstration against the Sydney Fascist Forum happening this weekend in Tempe” (Anti-fascist Occupation of Newtown Square, Indymedia Australia, September 19, 2010).
On October 9, anti-Muslim fanatics have declared that they’ll be assembling at the Sydney Opera House for a special performance of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen — or, possibly, to mill about complaining about all them Mooselems dey tuk er jerbs. The rally is being organised by the ‘Australian Defence League’, whose previous attempt to organise a rally in Melbourne in April was truly farcical. “Australia or Islamania? It’s Our Choice!” is the winning slogan for October 9, and if more than a handful of whinging Poms choo-choose to rock up @ the tourist attraction in Sydney it will be considered, presumably, a triumph.
Neo-Nazi MMA fighter Niko Puhakka successfully invaded Poland’s KSW XIV over the weekend. Puhakka defeated Danny van Bergen in his first match, and Borys Mańkowski in his second. As a result of his wins, the bonehead will invade Poland again for KSW XV. Puhakka has changed his MySpace page to ‘Private’ in recent months, so precisely which other Übermensch he’s mates with, and how he’s coping with the demise of ‘Kill Baby Kill’, is unknown, but he continues to wear both a Life Rune and B&H tattoo on his chest and therefore, it would seem, his Nazi heart on his sleeve.
For those of you coming in late, BANA — the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association Bay Area National Anarchists, most commonly referred to as BANANAs — is, or perhaps was, the name adopted in 2007 by a tiny group of white racist oddballs in San Francisco. Their mission, which they chose to accept, was to attempt to appropriate the most superficial elements of contemporary anarchism, and to use these to advance various otherwise routine forms of nationalist, racist and xenophobic sentiment.
Oh, and they didn’t like teh gheys too much either.
Apparently, BANANA’s three-year mission — to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations and to boldly appropriate symbology fascists in Europe have been using for perhaps the last decade or so — has become too much for Yeoman.
In a final missive so badly written it could’ve been penned by Richard Wolstencroft, Yeoman has a whinge, titles it ‘Calling it Quits’, and concludes “I’m not quitting. Not now. Not ever.”
Yes, he’s a complicated man.
In reality, what his long-winded complaint likely means is that BANANA will be replaced by Yeoman with some other vehicle, with a different name, but the same colour. In short, he’ll be back: like a dog compelled to eat its own vomit.
Beyond this, Yeoman’s disillusioned tractatus stultissimus contains a fairly typical array of activist angst: ‘I try hard but nothing seems to change’ / ‘Nobody seems to care’ / ‘I could be having funs rather than bashing my head against a wall’. The only other semi-note of semi-interest comes from Sydney-based neo-Nazi Welf Herfurth, whom Yeoman nominates as his mentor (as Herfurth once nominated Troy Southgate).
In response to Yeoman’s upset, Herfurth states that he regarded BANANA as the “spearhead” of national anarchism and its achievements as being “spectacular”, but otherwise counsels Yeoman to adopt a more realistic expectation of himself, what might be achieved by a tiny fascist groupuscule in California, and the (white racial) struggle ahead.
In Australia, Geelong teenybopper Scott is presumably too busy trying to join the army to babble much online; the ‘Yarra National Anarchists’ — ‘Yarra’ meaning ‘Melbourne’ and ‘Anarchists’ meaning a racist boofhead from Tasmania — has returned to his natural habit (Tasmania); another teenybopper named Sam is valiantly battling the multicultural hordes from his home computer in Hamilton; and one or two other racists are occasionally offering to the world various retarded outpourings on a range of peccadilloes.
In Berlin over the weekend, hundreds of neo-Nazis jackbooted through the streets, accompanied by an Honour Guard of over 1,000 German police.
Skirmishes as 750 neo-Nazis demonstrate in Berlin
October 10, 2009
Berlin, Oct 10 (DPA) Around 750 neo-Nazis took part in a rally in central Berlin Saturday, leading to minor skirmishes and 17 arrests, police reported.
The demonstrators gathered at Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, dressed in black and bearing flags and banners inscribed with right-wing paroles.
The rally, accompanied by anti-riot police, drew a large number of opponents who booed and whistled at the neo-Nazi crowd.
“We took part in the demonstrations against the East German regime in 1989, but this is not what we wanted,” one woman told DPA, after spitting at a right-wing demonstrator.
After a series of minor skirmishes involving police, neo-Nazis and left-wing activists, officers arrested 15 left-wing agitators and two right-wing demonstrators. A total of 1,000 police officers were on duty during the rally.
The demonstration was prompted by an arson attack on a pub frequented by right-wing extremists last Saturday. The incident was initially thought to be racially motivated, but has since been classed as a personally motivated revenge.
Law enforcers arrested seven men Saturday in connection with the attack. The men had been injured during a punch-up in the pub in September.
Today, close to my Berlin home, I saw a frightening march of Nazis, calling themselves the Nationale Sozialistische Partei Deutschlands — leaving out only the word Arbeiter (Worker) from the name Hitler used. Several thousands [?] of them, almost all in black, many boneheads but also many all too normal-looking youngsters (and a smattering of very blonde girls), with the loudest loudspeaker I’ve heard in years blaring out their propaganda, agitating against democracy, denouncing the Bundestag representatives, even the cops, spreading hatred against all foreigners, but above all against the Left and the leftists. At least one big banner contained a warning threat: “Make sure you know where the nearest Antifascist club is located.”
Grossman notes — in what he apparently finds a surprisingly new development on the far right — that the neo-Nazis, in their fashion and ‘paroles’, bore a striking resemblance to their opponents: “One man who was standing next to me watching the meeting noted that the anti-Nazis, mostly the same age as the Nazis, were also often wearing black jackets — the color in fashion these days, I guess. He seemed to lump both Nazis and anti-Nazis together, a worrisome development. I don’t know how many others also thought that way. Most of the crowd were decidedly antifascist.”
A few points.
The drawing of an equivalence between ‘Nazis’ and ‘anti-Nazis’ is fairly commonplace. One trivial example is local Melbourne yuppie Dion who, on the basis of my advocacy of a boycott of a (formerly) neo-Nazi venue (The Birmingham Hotel in Fitzroy) wrote on a 100% Two Fingers In The Air Punk Rawk forum: “As I stated on the Bombshell forum Andy, you are a liar, a hypocrite and no better than the trash that you fight against.” More generally, ‘militant’ anti-fascism — in addition to being subject to sometimes harsh repression by the state — is frequently derided as being simply another form of ‘fascism’: ‘worrisome’ not because the criticism is frequently advanced by fascists (‘We’re not fascists; you’re fascists!” is the juvenile refrain) but because it serves as a justification for repression by the state of ‘antifa’.
The adoption of black garb and mimicry of the symbology of the anarchist and far left is recent, but not new. So too, some elements of its organisational framework (most obviously in the form of ‘black blocs’). In Australia, there is an attempt, albeit somewhat shambolic, to imitate the German far right in this respect; the key advocate of such an approach being former NPD member Welf Herfurth.
In historical terms, the colour black was adopted by the OG Fascists in the 1920s — again in (semi-)conscious mimicry of anarchism.