Vancouver concert promoter bans Nazi symbols at shows
Howard Alexander - News Editor
A Vancouver concert promoter has announced a zero tolerance policy against hate speech at her shows after a man was witnessed making a Nazi salute at Pub 340.
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December 17, 2017 - 10:00 AM
VANCOUVER - A Vancouver concert promoter has announced a zero tolerance policy against hate speech at her shows after a man was witnessed making a Nazi salute.
Nikki Gould with Journeyman Productions says when she was alerted about the man making the gesture at a Dec. 8 heavy metal show at Pub 340, she asked him to leave the venue.
She says he ignored her request and she alerted a bartender who had security escort the man out.
The incident didn't escalate and Journeyman Productions later posted on its Facebook page that it was implementing a zero-tolerance policy for anyone making Nazi gestures or wearing Nazi or racist symbols at future shows.
Gould says a few people have commented that the rule restricts freedom of speech.
But she says people attending concerts should feel safe and be free from racist and discriminatory remarks or symbols.
"I believe we should have a stronger stance against it because sometimes it is kind of brushed over or people don't want confrontation or fights to happen and I get that, but it's not something that belongs in the community," she said.
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