Aryan Nations march ends peacefully

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Coeur d’Alene business came to a standstill yesterday as about 40 neo-Nazis and Aryan Nations members shocked onlookers with an hour-long march.

Law enforcement heavily monitored the march. But there were no incidents or arrests like previous Aryan parades.

The parade was part of this weekend’s Aryan World Congress.

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Ailing founder Richard Butler has hosted the three-day event since the late 1970s. The congress met at a campground outside Coeur d’Alene because Butler lost his compound in 2000. He filed bankruptcy after losing a $6 million civil rights suit.

Jolted sideliners either shouted opposition or stared in awe. They held signs in protest.

And while 29-year-old Paul Bentz says the group has the legal right to march, it puts a bad light on a town with great people.

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