Aryan Nations march ends peacefully
Tuesday July 20, 2004 Hate Groups
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.
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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