Police seize huge arsenal of Italian neo-Nazi grouping
Police seize huge arsenal of Italian neo-Nazi group linked to the Mafia who had forged links with extremists across Europe, including the British Combat 18
- The police grabbed an arsenal of swords, knives, crossbows and guns from 19 houses
- The suspects belonged to a young neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic movement
- The head coach of the group was a member of the powerful & # 39; Ndrangheta mafia
Italian police have seized an enormous supply of weapons and Nazi memorabilia from an extreme right-wing group associated with the Mafia who had established contacts with extremists throughout Europe.
In an operation called & # 39; Black Shadows & # 39; the police grabbed an arsenal of swords, knives, crossbows, shotguns and automatic weapons from 19 houses.
Nazi flags and books about Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini were also seized at the raids that took place in 16 villages and towns from Milan to Sicily.
The Italian police said the suspects were planning to form a neo-Nazi party called the National Italian Socialist Workers Party, a name similar to Hitler's NSDAP.
Confiscated: a stock of automatic weapons, rifles and Nazi paraphernalia seized by the Italian police in the event of raiding 19 homes across the country
Armed: the police seized this stock of weapons from a group they said they were planning to create a new neo-Nazi party with a name similar to Hitler's NSDAP
The collection of items found in the 19 houses included flags with Nazi swastika's, a copy of Hitler's book Mein Kampf and a scarf decorated with a White Power slogan
The young party had an openly anti-Semitic and xenophobic program and had been in contact with other extreme right-wing groups in Europe, including the British neo-Nazi movement Combat 18, it is believed.
Combat 18 takes its name from the initials of Adolf Hitler, which are the first and eighth letters of the alphabet.
The Italian suspects had also made contacts with the extreme right-wing New Social Order of Portugal, investigators say.
The extremists had also tried to recruit people on social media and had a group chat called & # 39; Militia & # 39; to keep in touch.
Weapons: In an operation called & # 39; Black Shadows & # 39; the police grabbed an arsenal of swords, knives, crossbows, shotguns and automatic weapons from 19 houses
A stockpile of weapons was seized during the national police operation, along with books about Hitler and the former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini
In addition, the head coach was a member of the powerful Calabrian Mafia & Ndrangheta, police said.
He had previously worked with the police and was a local leader of the small, far-right Forza Nuova party, the authorities say.
The Italian state police said it oversaw & # 39; extreme right-wing local groups all united by the same ideological fanaticism & # 39 ;. The seized objects contain a copy of Hitler's book Mein Kampf.
The right-wing activists were investigated because they belonged to a & # 39; subversive association & # 39; and & # 39; inciting a crime & # 39 ;, said the police.
Italian police said the suspects were planning to form a neo-Nazi party called the National Italian Socialist Workers Party, a name similar to Hitler's NSDAP
Italian books about Hitler and Mussolini were among the items taken by the police
A collection of books about Hitler and the Nazis was one of the extreme right-wing paraphernalia seized in an operation called & # 39; Black Shadows & # 39; in Italy
The police did not say how many people were arrested. & # 39; Defense of Fascism & # 39; and efforts to revitalize fascist parties are crimes in Italy.
& # 39; Some suspects had a huge amount of weapons and explosives at their disposal, & # 39 ;, said a statement.
& # 39; The various accused had defined an internal and territorial structure of the movement, created the symbol, and established the openly anti-Semitic program.
& # 39; [They] have performed recruitment and conversion activities by posting content of the same content on their social accounts.
& # 39; During the operation, weapons were found and propaganda material was seized. & # 39;
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