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Hate-motivated assaults rose sharply in 1994
MONTGOMERY, Ala, March 30 (Reuter) - The annual tally of
bias-motivated assaults in the United States rose by more than a
fourth last year, with homosexuals bearing the brunt of the
violence, a centre that monitors hate-group activities said on
In its annual report to law enforcement agencies, the
Klanwatch Project of the Southern Poverty Law Centre also warned
that the white supremacist group Aryan Nations is now undergoing
a massive expansion after years of decline.
The 1994 data showed assaults prompted by the victim's race,
ethnic background, religion or social orientation rose to 228
from 183 the previous year. But the number of bias-motivated
murders dropped to 18 from 30 in 1993.
Klanwatch said it was able to determine that anti-gay bias
lay behind 25 percent of the assaults and nearly two-thirds of
the murders. The group determines motivation by examining a
number of factors including statements made by the assailant,
the degree of force used, crime location, robbery and statements
made by friends and community leaders.
Klanwatch project director Danny Welch said a particularly
disturbing development on the hate front last year was the
growth experienced by Aryan Nations. The group, which first
surfaced in the mid-1970s as Ku Klux Klan influence waned,
expanded from three states in 1993 to 18 last year and began
distributing its neo-Nazi literature in Europe.
While Aryan Nations' gains have come largely from the
decline of other white supremacist organisations, Welch said,
the development could signal increasing unity among the ranks of
``It's a dangerous situation because they've got the
know-how to bring about change within the movement. Under one
umbrella, you don't have factional fighting. They're trying to
unify,'' he said. He said Aryan Nations also appeared to have
benefited from a 1994 U.S. election debate that played heavily
on issues such as immigration, inner-city violence, gun control
and anti-government sentiment.