August 10, 2012 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Ludhiana (August 10, 2012): Recent reports in international media suggest that last Sunday’s terror striker in a US Gurudwara Wade M. Page last weekend tried to celebrate Adolph Hitler’s birthday in Southern California, where civil rights groups say the 40-year-old Army man has been on their radar for years.
“The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) says they noticed Wade Page for his membership in two white supremacist rock bands, Definite Hate and End Apathy”, report NBC 4.
The news report further adds that: “a decade ago, the ADL says Page was part of another band called Youngland. In 2002, the Orange County-based group tried to rent the La Habra Moose Lodge to celebrate Hitler’s birthday. But when police learned of the event, it was cancelled”.
It is notable that Vigils have dotted Southern California in memory of the shooting victims. On Thursday, vigils were planned in Buena Park and North Hollywood.
As per reports Wade M. Page had moved to Wisconsin in 2011, where he became active with one of the largest white supremacist groups in the country, the ADL is reported to have said.
“He became a prospect but wasn’t fully patched until 2011 when he became a member and got the Hammerskin tattoo,” Mark Pitcavage, with the ADL, is reported to have told NBC 4.
Hammerskin nation’s website notes its goal as securing “the existence of our people and the future of white children.”
But ADL officials say they never expected what happened last Sunday, when police say Page walked into a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and killed six people before turning the gun on himself after exchanging fire with police.
Jasjit Kaur, with the California Sikh Council, says the shooting in Wisconsin was an attack on all faiths though it physically targeted the Sikhs.
“This isn’t a Sikh tragedy, it’s a national tragedy and everybody has been standing with us,” Kaur said.
Talking about the concept related to Gurudwara in Sikhism she said that the Gurudwara is surrounded by doors that never close. “It is meant to be open to anyone of any background from all walks of life,” she said.
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