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Wisconsin Gurdwara Gunman’s Group Plans Music Fest

Posted: Oct 05, 2012


Hammerskin Nation, the white supremacist group that Oak Creek, Wisc., gurdwara gunman Wade Michael Page was a member of, has planned a two-day music festival in Boise, Idaho, for Oct. 6.

The annual “Hammerfests” have been held around the country in various venues since 1988. Page and his band, “End Apathy,” had reportedly played at previous events. Hammerskin Nation has not disclosed the specific venue for this year’s events, but information posted to crew38.com, an online Hammerskin Nation forum, confirmed that the festival would occur Oct. 6 in Boise.

On Aug. 5, Page stormed the Oak Creek, Wisc., gurdwara and killed six Sikhs before committing suicide. In the wake of the attacks, Sikh civil rights organizations have asked for increased protection from federal and law enforcement agencies, and more government resources devoted to investigating domestic terrorism.

“This is obviously troubling,” Amardeep Singh, director of programs at the Sikh Coalition, told India-West. The organization plans to work with the Boise Sikh community, which does not have a formal gurdwara but meets each month at a private home with a residential address posted to its Web site. The informal gurdwara is known as the “Ajit Nanaksar Sikh Temple, Inc.”

Domestic terrorism specialist Daryl Johnson, founder of DT Analytics, told India-West that the threat of a planned terrorist attack coinciding with the festival was “very low.”

But because there is a lot of drinking at such events and a “firing up” of support for white supremacy, there is a risk for potential hate crimes to occur, added Johnson, formerly a domestic terrorist analyst at the Department of Homeland Security.

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