British Ukip’s links to German neonazis

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Germany: AfD hold rally in Munich beer hall that launched Hitler‘s career

13 May 2016

Alternative for Germany (AfD) leader Frauke Petry held a controversial speech in Hofbraukeller in Munich, Friday, the brewery where Hitler held his first political speech.

Ms Petry became notorious for advocating the killing of refugee women and children trying to cross the German border.

Meanwhile, the right wing of the AfD has decided that even Ms Petry is not extreme right enough. She was replaced as party leader by Alexander Gauland, an open admirer of Adolf Hitler’s armed forces; and Alice Weidel, a racist hater of Roma and others. Ms Petry is no longer an AfD member.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Ukip conference: Fascist invite sparks anger

Saturday 30th September 2017

Ukip under fire for hosting AfD leader

ANGRY protesters met Ukip’s annual conference yesterday over the party’s decision to invite a speaker from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Ukip’s interim leader Steve Crowther denied that AfD were a fascist party after it was forced to defend its decision to invite Hugh Bronson to address the conference.

However, Stand Up to Racism co-convener Weyman Bennett branded the decision a “disgrace” and told the Star that they were protesting against “racism, fascism, antisemitism and Islamophobia”, which has gained currency in Ukip.

AfD won 94 seats in the German parliament, finishing third in last weekend’s federal elections — the first far-right MPs since about 1960.

Mr Bronson, who was on the party’s European list, has vowed to fight “an invasion of foreigners” into Germany.

Ukip’s annual conference in Torquay elected its new leader yesterday after serial fantasist Paul Nuttall resigned following the party’s poor performance in June’s general election.

Former army officer Henry Bolton beat off the challenge of Sharia Watch founder Anne-Marie Waters, who has described Islam as “evil”.

He was announced as the victor in a close-run contest with 30 per cent of the vote in a seven-horse race.

It was rumoured that 18 of Ukip’s 20 MEPs were set to quit if Ms Waters had won, with former leader Nigel Farage warning the party would be “finished” if it became “anti-Islam”.

Ms Waters’s candidacy fuelled speculation of a breakaway led by Mr Farage, with Mr Bolton warning earlier this year that Ukip was in danger of becoming the “UK Nazi Party”.

She caused controversy over her links with former EDL leader Tommy Robinson and even suggested that it could be possible for him to join Ukip if he wanted to do so.

The pair co-founded a British wing of the German anti-Muslim Pegida movement.

Mr Bennett said: “Anne Marie Waters is a disgrace to politics. She is an Islamophobe and a racist.

“But she is the child of Nigel Farage and he should claim paternity for spawning an organisation that sows such division and hatred.”


Fighting neonazism on the Internet

This 22 April 2017 video is called Theresa May laughing meme [Jaws edition]. Modeled on the film Jaws about a ferocious great white shark, it is about Conservative Prime Minister May threatening the British National Health Service.

By Astrid Johnson in Britain:

The left is fighting a meme war on the ideological battleground online

Thursday 28th September 2017

ASTRID JOHNSON speaks with the artists kick-starting class consciousness and spreading socialist values on social media

ONLINE memes are difficult to define by their varied nature, but by far the most common and popular medium of meme is that of the funny picture, often with overlaid text.

They can cover a vast range of topics, adopt countless cultural in-jokes and range from the beautifully intricate to the hilariously mundane. But whatever the variety or the form, one thing is certain: memes dominate the internet, and have done for as long as many can remember.

For around the past five years, there’s been a rather unfavourable group of individuals exploiting the popularity of memes as a recruitment tool: the alt-right, a loosely-defined movement aligned with the right wing, fascism and white supremacy.

Spreading like a virus through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and lurking in internet forums like Reddit and 4Chan, the alt-right is orchestrating the distribution of dog-whistle phrases that mask genocide advocacy, and call for the formation of a white ethno-state.

But they’re being met with a fierce opposition from communists, socialists and anarchists. And they’re pretty good at making memes too. Indeed, left-wing memes have existed for about as long as memes themselves have in general. But in recent times, they’ve experienced a boom in popularity and production to spread class consciousness and fight back against the oncoming tide of fascism both online and off.

“I fell in love with socialism at a young age. It just seemed like common sense to me,” says one of the administrators of the Facebook page Labourwave on condition of anonymity.

Labourwave — which writes its name in a mixture of alternative characters not dissimilar to replacing an ‘e’ with a ‘3’ in a password — publishes online what some have called works of art.

After taking courses in graphic design, the site’s administrators began to fall in love with vaporwave, a counter-culture art and music movement that critiques capitalism with ironic idolization of 1990s consumerism aesthetics. “I loved the almost dystopian, anti-capitalist message.”

But as the alt-right began to expropriate vaporwave from its original community, Labourwave decided to start creating unabashedly socialist imagery, and in creating their Facebook page became part of a movement that’s seen success in making people more aware of their political options.

“I’ve seen many people say that leftist memes are what radicalised them … Memes are just modern entertainment, so it just seems logical to me.”

Labourwave thinks that, similarly to alt-right memes, art from them and others like them might be a more effective means of convincing people of left-wing politics. “Leftist memes are much different since they promote, mostly, positive messages about overcoming injustice and oppression.”

Regrettably, the left-wing community suffers from a lot of in-fighting, and this is something that can’t be escaped when making memes online. “Anarchists and authoritarian communists hardly ever get along, but that’s why I like to make a lot of left unity memes.” And Labourwave isn’t the only one trying to unite the masses.

“We don’t really like to discuss our specific ideologies,” says an admin for Sassy Socialist Memes, one of the most popular socialist meme pages on Facebook with a following of over 965,000 people.

“The strength of this page is that it acts as a broad church for leftists of all types, and that is why we can post memes about both anarchists and Maoists.”

Despite its huge success and wide reach, the people behind Sassy Socialist Memes never really intended to make something big out of their page. “It started as a fun inside joke between friends and just kept snowballing as more and more people joined the page.”

But through its success, many have begun to consider left-wing politics with a greater degree of interest. “We’ve had fans message us saying that our page got them interested in left ideology. We also have people ask us for reading recommendations or ask us questions about theory.”

At the end of the day, Sassy Socialist Memes isn’t looking to trigger any large social change through their actions. “We mainly just want people to enjoy our stuff. Anything extra is a bonus.”

However, the admins do think that if the alt-right are appropriating memes as a means of recruitment, then perhaps the left would also do good to do the same. “The alt-right uses memes as an ideological gateway, so one can say the left can do the same.”

The Labourwave Politburo of Agitation and Propaganda take this sentiment one step further. The creator of the page embraces the propagandistic, recruiting nature of socialist memes. “I hope that my work directly facilitates a revival of the ideals of the USSR. Original Soviet propaganda posters are great both artistically and at visually conveying socialist principles.”

It sees memes as a very palatable and approachable medium, and believe that this makes them perfect for sharing socialist sentiment.

“Memes can transform the essence of dense Marxist literature into an easily digestible format. Though reading theory is important, not everyone has the time.

“I have seen so many people say that they only got into it for the memes at first, but then over time they realised there was much more to it.”

The Politburo, based in the United States, has good reason for its passion, and the conviction of its views. “I was drawn to left-wing politics after watching the carnage that the great recession inflicted on the working people of this country…

“I’ve now seen the Pulse nightclub massacre in my hometown. I’ve seen Donald Trump lead a rally at my university, where he asked his supporters to swear allegiance to him.

“The only chance that my generation has is if the working people of the United States, as well as the working people of the whole world, create truly just governments based not on greed and death, but on equality and hope.”

And it is for these reasons that the Politburo does what it does. “Marxism is the ideology that supports this worldview.

“It has been responsible for near miraculous leaps in democracy and progress in the past.”

I asked the creators behind the Politburo what inspired them specifically to make the art that they do.

They shared with me a quote from the German playwright Bertolt Brecht, that I think quite effectively conveys the intention behind not all but many of the countless socialist meme creators online: “Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.”

Murdered Greek anti-nazi rapper remembered

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Pavlos Fyssas Death Sparks Outrage In Greece

20 September 2013

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Greece: Murdered anti-fascist remembered

Monday 18th September 2017

Thousands march for rapper Killah P

THOUSANDS marched through Athens and other Greek cities at the weekend, with further demonstrations due today, the fourth anniversary of the murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a neonazi.

People rallied in Syntagma Square and marched on the US embassy, where they protested at the killing of Heather Heyer by a white supremacist last month.

They then continued towards the offices of the Golden Dawn party, though were prevented by thousands of riot police from reaching the fascist HQ.

Hundreds of Pakistani and Bangladeshi immigrants joined the march after rallying separately in Omonoia Square to denounce the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people by the Myanmar authorities.

Marchers chanted: “Golden Dawn to jail — smash the nazis!”

They included “delegations of hospital workers, workers in the non-governmental organisations which have just cut their refugee support operations as funding ceased, and other trade unionists,” according to eyewitness and Morning Star contributor Kevin Ovenden.

Mr Fyssas, also known as Killah P, was stabbed to death in an attack by a crowd of fascists on September 17 2013, and indicated Golden Dawn canteen worker Giorgios Roupakias as the culprit while he lay dying.

Mr Roupakias has since admitted to the murder before a judge but was released from prison last year as his trial had still not begun and he had hit the legal limit for pre-trial detention.

The anti-fascist Keerfa coalition rejected accusations that the march was “anti-American.”

“We are with the America of resistance to racism, fascism and Trump.”

Tonight a wide array of forces will rally with the Fyssas family in Perama, an adjacent district of Piraeus to the site of Mr Fyssas’s murder.

It will include the Communist Party of Greece, whose leading trade unionist Sotiris Poulikogiannis was nearly murdered by Golden Dawn four years ago in the same area.

British National Action nazis infiltrating army

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Five serving members of UK army arrested under terrorism act

5 September 2017

The British army has confirmed the arrests of 5 soldiers who were allegedly members of a Neo-Nazi group. 4 were arrested in the UK and 1 in Cyprus.

By Paul Sillett in Britain:

Fascists dispersed but still dangerous

Thursday 14th September 2016

PAUL SILLETT looks at the origins of the banned National Action and the history of far-right terrorism in Britain

THE NEWS that four British soldiers arrested this week on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism are allegedly members of the proscribed nazi group National Action has focused attention on fascism in this country.

Two of the soldiers arrested, along with a civilian, are all allegedly National Action (NA) members and have been charged with terror offences.

One had a copy of a manifesto written by Norwegian fascist terrorist Anders Breivik, who massacred 77 people in Norway in 2011. All were allegedly members of a chat group where racist messages, such as plans for a whites-only Britain and a race war, were exchanged.

Three of the four soldiers are said to serve with the Royal Anglian Regiment and an army fitness instructor was among the arrested. He is based at the Welsh army HQ in Powys and is said to have trained the three soldiers.

This resembles a nazi cell in the army and it’s not solely a British problemnearly 300 soldiers in Germany are under investigation for nazi sympathies. In his excellent book Irregular Army, Matt Kennard chronicles how the US military recruited neonazis, among others, to fight the “war on terror”.

NA is a pernicious nazi sect formed in 2013 by young ex-British National Party (BNP) members such as Alex Davies. He and others were from university backgrounds and looked down on other fascists. Never more than 100 or so strong, their fearsome image has often been revealed to be more spin than substance — in August 2015 in Liverpool they were humiliated by thousands of anti-fascists.

They never really recovered from their humbling that day — they hid in the left luggage area of Lime Street station — and other fascists mocked NA for their defeat and foolhardiness in thinking they could stroll through the city.

In Scotland this year, anti-fascists were curious about those who they opposed on a demonstration in Alloa. Fascists from NA were revealed to be on the hate assembly, under the name “Scottish Dawn.”

In one sense, NA are a sick product of defeat for the far right in Britain. As the organisation Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and others have noted, it is at its most fractured for decades. Despite the ongoing climate of Islamophobia, it has been unable to emulate the likes of Greece’s Golden Dawn — themselves weakened by anti-fascists — or Jobbik in Hungary. Antifascist opposition on the streets and electorally, in broad and diverse ways, have forced them back.

There is a pattern of fascist sects turning to individual terrorism following the defeat of larger, fascist formations. In the late 1970s, following the collapse of the National Front (NF) sparked by the Anti-Nazi League and others, fascists belonging to the NF and the nazi British Movement attempted a similar terrorist path.

Several from the British Movement were jailed for possession of illegal weapons and attempted arson. The fascists had links to the Ku Klux Klan and “safehoused” overseas nazis. Like today, older nazis tried to recruit among disaffected youth, particularly skinheads, though this was contested by anti-fascist skinheads.

There is also a long history of fascists infiltrating the armed services. In Britain, Colin Jordan’s late-1960s nazi outfit included at least one serving soldier who encouraged others to attack synagogues. The nazi terror group Combat 18 in the 1990s included several soldiers subsequently kicked out of the army. They had been active in trying to disrupt Bloody Sunday commemorations.

NA have posted a series of graphic videos on YouTube, some with sick images of members sieg-heiling at Buchenwald concentration camp. But their acts only served to intensify antifascists’ work against them. They looked to recruit on student campuses, albeit in a clandestine manner, especially in north-west England. Their success was very limited. Night-time, covert activity was the norm, as public appearances faced large-scale, anti-fascist opposition.

NA’s short history is littered with anti-semitic abuse and attempts to intimidate minorities and the left. In 2014, after tweeting a series of antisemitic messages at Luciana Berger MP, one member, Garron Helm, received a prison sentence. NA members were also on the nazi riot in Dover in January 2016, where various fringe groups united that day.

Zack Davies, a NA supporter, was jailed for life after nearly killing an Asian dentist in a Welsh supermarket in 2015. NA tried, unconvincingly, to distance themselves from Davies. After the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a fascist in June 2016, NA endorsed her killing. The group posted a message on social media which read: “Our thoughts go out to Thomas Mair.”

In London and Wales this year, NA members participated in militaristic training camps, run by ex-BNP organiser Larry Nunn, aka Max Musson. Nunn is linked with fascists here and abroad and is believed to be behind the funding of several fascist operations in recent years. He led open nazis to the Greek embassy in support of Golden Dawn in 2014.

Along with Jeremy BedfordTurner, who claims he was kicked out of the army for his BNP membership, Nunn is key to the London Forum meetings. These have brought together various fascists to try to reforge the far right here but they have recently faced anti-fascist opposition. NA members were at some of the forums, where supposed intellectual gruel is fed to potential David Copelands, the BNP nail bomber.

NA have linked up on failed demonstrations — notably in Liverpool again — with hardened Polish nazis from the NOP party. In awe of the Polish fascists, NA members have also co-operated with them, especially in Manchester.

Last December, under pressure from many appalled by NA, the authorities acted. Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced the decision to ban the group, which she described as a “racist, anti-semitic and homophobic organisation.” NA were also clearly promoting terrorism.

It is no accident that NA came from the dying sewer of the BNP, which has been reduced to a rump at the hands of anti-fascists. Years of campaigning knocked back the BNP in areas including Stoke, Yorkshire and outer London, and the English Defence League (EDL) were also beaten in a war of attrition by antifascists.

NA was not concerned with adopting a model of eurofascism as has Marine Le Pen in France — they believed in the terrorist ethos of the Turner Diaries, a fictional work written by a notorious US nazi. The book inspired nazi terrorists such as The Order and Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber. NA’s interest, delusional as it might appear, was in recreating Stormtroopers a la Hitler’s Brownshirts.

Though the arrests may well put NA members on the defensive, members are still active around EDL splinter groups such as the Infidels. Supposed “lone wolves” — such people are often connected with fascist groups — may well emanate from further splintering of NA.

Going by pseudonyms, NA members are thought to be operating from a warehouse in Warrington. Their vile politics mean they have not recruited beyond the fascist fringes and remain marginal. But the arrests of the soldiers show the kind of person attracted to such nazism and the modus operandi of groups such as NA.

As Sabby Dhalu, UAF joint secretary, has said: “There is a clear double standard in the way we treat terrorism in this country. Media headlines and government announcements focus almost exclusively on terrorist activity by those claiming to be Muslims, while around a third of all suspected terrorist activity is coming from the far right.”

And Weyman Bennett, also UAF joint secretary, has commented: “After being defeated at the ballot box and on the street, the far right is increasingly turning to violence and terrorism.

“Outrages such as the murder of Jo Cox, the murder of Mohammed Saleem and attacks on mosques [as] in Finsbury Park show that the threat is real and must be taken seriously.

“National Action are pathetic nazis who use Islamophobia, anti-semitism, homophobia and threats of violence. They are only a tiny part of the growing threat of far-right terrorism which must be prioritised and defeated.”

German murderous neonazi getting life imprisonment?

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9 March 2014

Neo Nazi Killers of Germany (SHOCKING Crime Documentary)

The Bosphorus serial murders also known as Döner murders, the term often used by the media, were a series of attacks that took place in Germany between 2000 and 2006, leaving ten people dead and one wounded. The attackers called themselves National Socialist Underground (NSU) (German: Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund). The primary targets were ethnic Turks, but one Greek and one German policewoman were also killed.

The victims were mostly small business owners, including doner kebab vendors and greengrocers. They were murdered in daylight with gunshots to the face at close range with a silenced CZ 83 pistol. According to the parents of a Turkish victim who worked in an internet café, the police originally suspected foreign organised criminals.

So did the corporate media, thus strengthening anti-immigrant prejudices and helping violent nazis.

A German policewoman, Michèle Kiesewetter, was also shot and killed and the police officer on patrol with her was critically wounded. Other crimes, including a bomb attack, may have been committed by the group. German authorities identified three suspects, Uwe Böhnhardt, Uwe Mundlos, and Beate Zschäpe as responsible for the murders. According to the acting Attorney General of Germany, Rainer Greisbaum, the suspects had Neo-Nazi links. Böhnhardt and Mundlos were found dead by police after they robbed a bank on 4 November 2011. Police said they killed themselves. Zschäpe surrendered on 11 November 2011. She will probably face charges of murder, attempted murder, arson, and belonging to a terrorist organization. Zschäpe said she was only willing to testify if she was considered a state witness, with mitigation of sentence. The police discovered an alleged hit-list of 88 names that included “two prominent members of the Bundestag and representatives of Turkish and Islamic groups“.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Lifetime imprisonment asked for German neonazi Beate Zschäpe

Today, 10:36

The German Public Prosecutor has asked for lifetime imprisonment for Beate Zschäpe, because of her role in ten murders by the neonazist group NSU. According to the prosecutor, Zschäpe was part of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) who killed eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007. The group is also responsible for two bombings in Cologne with scores of people injured, and for a number of robbery attacks.

“For each individual murder this sentence is appropriate,” said the prosecutor in Munich. Zschäpe shared fanatic Nazi ideas with her fellow NSU members and terrorized immigrants in Germany by randomly killing people of foreign origin, according to the charges. …

Next to Zschäpe there are four other less prominent NSU supporters on trial. A verdict is expected within a few months.

Germany: Trial of neo-Nazi terror group whitewashes role of intelligence service: here.

Nazi church bell in Germany, mayor resigns

Nazi church bell in Herxheim, Germany

Besides the issue of pro-slavery Confederate secessionist generals’ statues and church windows in the USA, there is the issue of nazi paraphernalia in Germany, as this photo shows.

The inscription on the bell says (translated) ‘Everything for the fatherland. Adolf Hitler‘; with a nazi swastika underneath.

By the way, Dutch fascist Arnold Meijer was arrested in 1945 for collaboration with the German nazi occupiers. He escaped and wrote a book with, in Dutch, the same title as the Hitler quote on the church bell: ‘Alles voor het Vaderland’ to defend his behaviour during the occupation.

The church bell is in Saint James church in Herxheim am Berg town in Germany, ever since 1934. There had been a fire, destroying older church bells. The nazi government then paid for the new nazi church bell. Though it is in the local Protestant church, it was and still is local authority property.

Dutch NOS TV reports today:

After reports about nazi memorabilia in the German army, a former organist of the church [Ms Sigrid Peters] told local media on the existence of the clock. “[Out of the church], to a museum with it”, was her recommendation.

However, the mayor of Herxheim, Ronald Becker, said the nazi bell should stay, as he was ‘proud of it’. He quoted a 95-year-old who said not everything was bad about the nazi regime.

After many people reacted indignantly to that, Mayor Becker has now resigned.

British elite soldier arrested for neonazi terrorism

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4 soldiers arrested on suspicion of terror part of neo-Nazi group

6 September 2017

“It’s going to put our communities on hightened alert, it’s very worrying” says Hanif Qadir, CEO of Active Change Foundation, as 4 soldiers are arrested on suspicion of terror, said to be in neo-Nazi group.

By Steve James in Britain:

British soldiers arrested for membership in banned fascist group

7 September 2017

Four soldiers in the British Army and one civilian have been arrested by West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit, on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism as members of the outlawed fascist group National Action.

Of the four, aged between 22 and 32, three are from England and one from Wales. The military personnel are from the Royal Anglian Regiment and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. One of the soldiers was arrested by Royal Military police at the Dhekelia British Army base in Cyprus.

Reports describe one of those arrested as an “experienced soldier” at the Infantry Battle School (IBS) with responsibility for training and identifying private soldiers likely to have the “potential to be future leaders.”

This soldier is said to have met the others at a training course in Brecon, Mid-Wales. This is a centre used by the elite Special Forces regiment, the SAS, for training. The British Army’s web site boasts, “The commanders that lead them [armed forces overseas operations] are all trained at IBS, and the training they undertake is linked to current operations.” It adds, “[S]oldiers and officers are prepared for any operational situation they may face—conventional war, counter insurgency, security sector reform, peacekeeping or supporting civil authorities.”

The arrests, under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000, were described by an army spokesman as “the consequence of a Home Office police force-led operation supported by the army.” They were arrested “on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism…namely on suspicion of being a member of a proscribed organisation (National Action).”

The police said the operation was “pre-planned and intelligence led.” The Daily Mail reported that the military personnel were seized “after investigators uncovered ‘inflammatory’ far-Right material, including images and slogans, on encrypted social media site WhatsApp.” …

National Action was formed in 2013. Its members, often wearing masks and balaclavas, have carried out numerous acts of racist violence and organised anti-Semitic activities.

In 2014, one of their number told the Huffington Post that he admired Antonio Primo de Rivera (founder of the fascist Spanish Falange), 1930s British Union of Fascists leaders Oswald Mosley and Alexander Raven Thomson and right-wing author Wyndham Lewis.

From Wikipedia about Wyndham Lewis:

In 1931, after a visit to Berlin, Lewis published his book Hitler (1931), which presented Adolf Hitler as a “man of peace” whose party-members were threatened by communist street violence. …

Lewis’s novels have been criticised for their satirical and hostile portrayals of Jews, homosexuals, and other minorities.

The Steve James article continues:

The group appealed to “white youths between the ages of 15-29 who are looking to become racial activists,” promising “flyers, stickers and activities will be provided free of charge.” The same year, supporter Garron Helm from Liverpool was jailed for anti-Semitic tweets to Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger.

In 2015, National Action member Zack Davies was given a life sentence in jail for the attempted murder of dentist Dr. Sarandev Bhambra, who was left with serious injuries after being attacked with a machete in a supermarket. Davies was reported shouting “white power” as he stabbed Dr. Bhambra. The same year, National Action organised a demonstration in Newcastle under a banner that included a large photo of the Nazi leader and read, “Refugees Not Welcome—Hitler was right.”

In 2016, photographs were posted on social media of National Action members performing fascist salutes in the Buchenwald death camp where 56,545 prisoners of the Nazis lost their lives during World War II. Members of the group also gathered outside York Minster to make Hitler salutes while holding the aforementioned banner.

The group’s leading figures have moved within a number of far-right groups. One of its leaders, Benjamin Raymond, was active in the New British Union, based on Mosley’s British Union of Fascists. A picture exists of Raymond—who said in an Internet post, “There are non-whites and Jews in my country who all need to be exterminated”—carrying a rifle. In the same post he added, “As a teenager, Mein Kampf changed my life. I am not ashamed to say I love Hitler.” Interviewed on BBC radio in 2015, Raymond said National Action supported Nazism and that Adolf Hitler was “absolutely” a role model.

The group has links with far-right forces internationally. Raymond described as a “hero” Anders Breivik, the Norwegian fascist who murdered 77 young people at a Norwegian Labour Party summer camp in 2011. Breivik’s act was the deadliest attack on civilians in Norway since World War II.

According to police figures, 22 members of National Action were arrested in 2016. It was proscribed in December of that year, following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by the fascist Thomas Mair.

Mair killed Cox, MP for the Batley and Spen constituency in West Yorkshire … by shooting and stabbing her repeatedly. When he was brought before a court, Mair stated his name as “death to traitors, freedom for Britain.” This was a statement that National Action subsequently took as their own slogan, using it prominently on their former web site. They informed their social media followers, “Don’t let this man’s sacrifice go in vain.”

The arrest of the soldiers poses questions regarding possible connections between Mair’s murderous assault and National Action. Another tweet emanating from National Action after Cox’s killing referred to democratically elected members of Parliament, stating there were “only 649 MPs to go.”

The proximity of the ban on National Action to Cox’s murder invites suspicion that more is known about Mair’s political connections than was revealed publicly.

Announcing the ban, Home Secretary Amber Rudd declared the group to be a terrorist organisation, membership of which was an offence carrying a prison sentence. Publicising, organising meetings for, wearing clothing or carrying articles indicating approval of the group was also made an offence.

National Action is the only British far-right organisation among 71 mostly international groups currently banned in Britain, although a number of Northern Ireland’s right-wing loyalist groups have been banned for many years.

The existence of a neo-Nazi cell operating in the British armed forces is a dangerous development and one with parallels in other countries. With the turn towards militarism by all the major capitalist powers, there is a growing concentration of far-right and fascist forces within the state apparatus.

In Germany, the existence of a far-right network [including military officers] allegedly involved in preparing attacks against high-profile politicians has been revealed. Those targeted included former President Joachim Gauck, Justice Minister Heiko Maas, and the [Left Party] president of Thuringia, Bodo Ramelow, as well as Jewish and Muslim organisations. Later reports confirmed that the suspected terrorist cell was part of much more widespread right-wing extremist networks in the Bundeswehr.

In Greece, members of the fascist Golden Dawn work closely with the security forces, often under their protection. In the June 2012 general elections, more than half of police officers reportedly voted for Golden Dawn, with many police officers, particularly within the riot control department, members of the far-right group.

Two out of the three Golden Dawn members of the European parliament are armed forces generals.

In Canada, five members of the fascistic Proud Boys organisation, who are members of the Canadian Armed Forces, disrupted a “sacred rite” ceremony by native Mi’kmaqs in July. The Proud Boys describe themselves as “Western chauvinists.” Following a military police investigation, last month the decision was taken by the Royal Canadian Navy not to punish the five.

Britain: Banned neo-Nazi terrorist groups still recruiting as aliases of National Action. Exclusive: Websites Scottish Dawn and NS131 remain online amid warnings over another possible front group: here.