Mexican girls’ cheer-dance team does Nazi-themed routine
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Mexican girls’ cheer-dance team does Nazi-themed routine

Performers aged 10-16 wear red armbands, display swastikas as they strut in marching-style formation on stage

A Mexican cheer-dance team performs a routine in which they displayed flags with swastikas, as reported on Friday, June 12, 2015 (YouTube screen cap)
A Mexican cheer-dance team performs a routine in which they displayed flags with swastikas, as reported on Friday, June 12, 2015 (YouTube screen cap)

A cheer-dance team in Mexico drew criticism Friday for a routine in which they displayed flags with swastikas, dressed in pseudo-military outfits. One girl also appeared to toss a Nazi salute to the crowd.

The performance by about two dozen girls aged 10 to 16 and one boy came at a cheer-dance competition in the western city of Guadalajara at the end of May.

The girls wore red armbands, camouflage dance outfits and carried red flags as they strutted in marching-style formations.

A video of the performance drew condemnation when it began to circulate Friday on social media sites.

On local news sites, many readers said the girls probably didn’t know much about the Nazis, and blamed the event organizers and the team’s choreographer for the questionable routine.

Event organizer Enrique Casas said he would not identify the team for security reasons, because the comments on social media sites “have been a little aggressive.”

“The comments have gone beyond freedom of expression … and have included direct insults against the girls.”

Casa said the routines were the individual choice of the 192 teams that participated.

But Casas said that organizers may put safeguards on the next competition “to avoid hurting people’s feelings.”

“The invitations are going to be restricted in certain ways,” he said “to avoid social conflicts.”

Mexico doesn’t have any significant neo-Nazi movements. Cheer/dance competitions combine cheerleading and dance routines.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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