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Aryan Nations Plans A Parade Founder Invites Racists From Around World To April Event

Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler, who turns 80 later this month, wants to march in a parade.

He’s inviting his fellow racists throughout the world to join him in a parade through downtown Coeur d’Alene on April 18.

Butler applied for a city parade permit this week, police Capt. Ken Timmons said Thursday.

The parade is being promoted on an Internet site as the “100 Man Flag Parade.”

It will “rock the Marxist media and the powers-that-be off their heels,” the notice says.

The parade will show there are Aryans willing to “exercise their right to self-determination in a 98 percent white community cursed with the most anti-white news media on Earth,” the notice says.

The Internet posting is written in several languages. Butler said he’s already heard from a potential participant from Sweden.

The parade is planned for the same weekend as Butler’s annual “Aryan Youth Assembly” at the Aryan Nations near Hayden Lake.

The assembly marks Adolf Hitler’s birthday and routinely attracts as many as 100 neo-Nazi skinheads.

Under a 1990 resolution passed by the Coeur d’Alene City Council, the mayor must approve permits for such events as road races and parades.

Applicants must apply 45 days in advance and pay a fee that ranges between $100 and $200.

Butler applied Monday, meeting the application deadline, Timmons said. Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Judy couldn’t be reached for comment on Thursday.

Butler wants the parade to begin at 1 p.m., but Timmons said the city is urging a 10 a.m. starting time.

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