Monday, October 8, 2012

Neo-Nazi Musicfest Comes to Melba and Leaves Without Incident

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM

A much anticipated but minimally promoted Hammerfest went off "without a hitch" Oct. 6, according to Canyon County law enforcement, who told Citydesk that the racially charged concert was held on private property in rural Canyon County.

"We got word through chain-of-command that they were planning this," Cpl. Bill Jarrett told Citydesk. "And Saturday night, we learned that they were holding their event on private property off of Melmont Road in Melba."

Jarrett dubbed the event "a hateful little concert," but said the group was "expressing its First Amendment rights."

Hammerfest, which has seen previous incarnations in Australia, Italy and Wales, is promoted by Dallas-based Hammerskin Nation. According to the Anti-Defamation League, Hammerskin Nation "is the most violent and best organized neo-Nazi skinhead group in the United States."

"Whenever you have folks like the Aryan Nation coming to town, they can bring problems," said Jarrett. "But they didn't want too many people to know where they were going to hold their concert. I guess they didn't want to get any protesters."

Jarrett told Citydesk that Canyon County sheriff's deputies knew where the concert was being held but were "not going to babysit them."

In between profanities and photographs from the event on the group's Facebook page, one person wrote that the concert was "about as threatening as a sorority sleepover."

*An earlier version of this story incorrectly published a photo to which Boise Weekly did not have rights.

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