Report: 'Neo-Nazi' Black Metal Concert In Finland Sparks Concern

YLE News reports that an anti-racism non-governmental organization (NGO) in Tampere, Finland is urging foreigners to avoid downtown areas of the city on Friday evening (February 1). The Rasmus Network against Racism and Xenophobia says police have warned them of possible unrest surrounding a concert (poster) to be staged by four neo-Nazi bands.

The groups — DER STÜRMER (Greece), ABSURD (Germany; web site), GOATMOON (Finland; MySpace) and SATANIC WARMASTER (Finland; MySpace) — are scheduled to play at a Tampere heavy metal rock club. According to the club's promoter, Toni Törrönen, the concert was sold out well in advance.

The tour is organized by the Pagan Front record label, which bills itself as "the Hammer of National Socialist Black Metal." The Greek band's website praises the Nazis, while former members of the German band are in prison for murder and neo-Nazi activities.

"Based on the information that we have received from various sources, one of which is the police, this concert is going to draw a large number of extremist right wing nationalists into the city," says Peter Kariuki, coordinator of the Rasmus Network's Tampere chapter.

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