Skinheads group emerges in southern Ontario

Facebook pages of several southern Ontario residents boast a logo and slogan for the Southern...

Facebook pages of several southern Ontario residents boast a logo and slogan for the Southern Ontario Skinheads.

Randy Richmond, Jennifer O'Brien, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:14 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. ─ Anti-racism activists are warning about the rise of a new neo-Nazi group in southern Ontario and a celebration planned for the Victoria Day long weekend showcasing their strength.

But the man hosting what's billed online as a White Pride World Wide celebration, and who's connected to the group, says there's nothing to fear from either the gathering or white pride views.

"It's just a birthday party for me and my daughter, too," said Jared Gilkes of Dorchester, east of London, Ont. "It's not white power, it's white pride. All I am about is being proud of our own race. It's not hatred. It's about pride in your heritage, not hate."

Some members of the group, Southern Ontario Skinheads, have been invited because they're friends and he has joined them at rallies.

"But I'm part of no group. I put up on my (Facebook) wall: anybody that comes leave your attitudes at home," Gilkes said, inviting a QMI to drop by May 17.


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