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Neo-Nazis Cancel Idaho Parade

August 18, 1999

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) _ The neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations has canceled its planned Labor Day weekend march through downtown because of the attack on a Los Angeles Jewish center.

The city had granted the group a parade permit for Sept. 4, but Richard Butler, founder of the white supremacist sect, delivered a letter to the city clerk’s office Tuesday canceling the event.

``In view of the tragedy that has occurred in Los Angeles and the attempt of various media to link Buford Furrow to our church, we feel it would be unseemly to host a march at this time,″ Butler said in a statement.

Furrow, a former Aryan Nations security guard, is charged with murder and attempted murder in the Aug. 10 killing of a postman and wounding of five people at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles.

The Aryan Nations is the political arm of Butler’s Church of Jesus Christ-Christian, a ``Christian Identity″ sect that promotes anti-Semitism and racial separation.

City officials, facing the prospect of a third Aryan event this summer and the potential for large crowds of protesters in light of the Los Angeles shootings, were pleased with Butler’s announcement, Mayor Steve Judy said.

Aryan supporters and human rights demonstrators clashed in a city park July 3. A July 10 march by the group was cut short when opponents sat in the middle of the city’s main street, forcing the Aryans to take a detour.

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